Using 1Password to store software licenses
by Oliver Haslam
Storing passwords is a great way to get started with 1Password, but once you’ve mastered the basics there is so much more to enjoy. I’ve told anyone who will listen about all the things 1Password can store, and I’m here again to highlight one facet of 1Password that you might not be familiar with — saving software licenses.
If you’re anything like me, you use lots of different apps across multiple computers. Over the years, I’ve developed quite the collection of software licenses, and those long strings of characters need somewhere to live. 1Password is the perfect place to store your software licenses so you can easily access them when you need to.
I’m what some people might kindly call a tinkerer, which really just means that I break things when I try to figure out how they work. That means I find myself setting my computer up from scratch more often than I would like to admit, and having everything saved in 1Password has been a lifesaver more often than you would imagine.
Losing the license to your favorite text editor isn’t quite the same as losing access to your bank account, but that doesn’t detract from the time that can be lost hunting for it when you need it.
There are plenty of great reasons to save software licenses in 1Password, not least because you know you can trust us with them.
That one’s easy — all of them! If it’s a license for an app that you’ve paid for, save it in 1Password for safekeeping and easy retrieval the next time you need it. Remember to update everything whenever you buy an upgrade, too, especially if the license number changes at the same time.
Some information to save alongside your license might include:
When you’re saving a new license, remember to use the special Software License item type. 1Password automatically adds sections for everything I just mentioned, and you can add any additional sections as you see fit. You can even link a software license to any login items that are relevant as well, keeping everything nice and organized.
Speaking of organization, I find that tagging all of my licenses can help make them easier to find when I want them.
With more people buying directly from app stores, software licenses aren’t quite as common as they once were. But for those that are still around, I’m always glad to have them in 1Password. I’ve lost one too many licenses to the semi-organized chaos of my email client, and 1Password is making sure that never happens again.