Developer AgileBits announced yesterday a new Travel Mode feature in 1Password, its password manager for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Windows and the web. Designed to protect your sensitive data from unwarranted searches when crossing borders, Travel Mode removes all vaults from your devices except for the ones marked “safe for travel.”

Even if a security agent at the US border asks you to launch and unlock 1Password, they’ll be unable to disable Travel Mode from within the app or even realize that the app is currently in Travel Mode, for that matter.

To mark the vaults as safe for travel, sign in to your account on 1Password.com.

Click the pencil icon on the vault you wanna mark as safe for travel, choose Safe for Travel and click Confirm. Right before you travel, turn on Travel Mode by clicking your account name in the top-right corner of the interface, choose My Profile and click Enable Travel Mode.

On the devices you’re traveling with, open and unlock the 1Password app.

Any vaults that haven’t been marked as safe for travel will be instantly removed from the app. Rather than simply hide the vaults, the app completely removes them from your devices, including all items and your encryption keys so there are no traces left for anyone to find.

 

When you’re done traveling, return to My Profile on 1Password.com and click Disable Travel Mode. Just like that, your temporarily removed vaults re-appear on your devices.

“Whenever you turn Travel Mode on or off, you’ll need to open 1Password on your devices while connected to the Internet for the change to take effect,” reads the FAQ on the official website.

AgileBits notes that Travel Mode is included with every 1Password subscription. If you’re a team administrator, you can turn Travel Mode on and off for team members and manage which vaults are safe for travel.

A single-user 1Password subscription cost $2.99 per month, or $4.99 per month for a multi-user family account. Separate subscription options for teams are available as well.

1Password for Mac is a freemium download from Mac App Store.

1Password for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch is available free on App Store.

  • :D

    Why would they ask you to unlock 1Password for them, they can’t do that?

    • Bill

      They can ask whatever they want. Whether they get whatever they want is another story.

      • :D

        I’m sure there must be certain things they can’t ask.

      • Luck_Ease_Charm

        And you’d be wrong. When crossing the international border into the United States, there is NOTHING that is off limits for a border officer to inspect including your laptop, your phone or even your wallet or a purse.

      • :D

        Wallet/purse I understand. But for a laptop/phone, I don’t see how they could justify it unless it’s some sort of a terrorist investigation, in which case I’m sure the TSA staff wouldn’t be the ones searching. They might open up the phone/laptop case and battery compartment at most to see if there’s anything hidden inside. But there are rules in place to make sure the officers don’t go too far.