Apple’s Mac App Store may not be the runaway hit that the company has had with its iOS sibling, but developers are slowing coming around to the new way of doing business. Case in point: The popular application 1Password has finally arrived on the Mac App Store in an OS X Lion-only edition.
As snug--and smug--as OS X’s security may make us feel, your data’s safety is up to you. Smart practices and strong passwords help, but thanks to ubiquitous USB flash drives, cloud file storage, and ever-shrinking MacBooks, it’s easier than ever to share sensitive documents or misplace the drives and computers where they’re kept. That means more opportunities for bad guys to snoop through your important stuff. Knox is a utility that gives you an extra layer of protection from prying eyes by encrypting specific files, folders, or external drives on your Mac. While it’s suited for users who need easy encryption on a daily basis, Knox deserves a look from anyone seeking more flexibility in their daily security regimen.
If you’re anything like us, you can’t live without Agile Web Solutions’ excellent 1Password software. So imagine our pain when we installed Safari 5 on Monday night, only to discover 1Password was broken -- that is, until an hour or two later when a rapid-fire update brought it back to life.
Agile Web Solutions' 1Password password-storing and security app has
been updated more than 120 times since its initial May 2006 release,
but the next major version won't be an incremental update with bug
fixes and the like. Instead, the developer is pooling its resources
into bringing a new version of its award-winning app to the iPad, following successful
releases on Mac and iPhone.