1Secret

Share encrypted messages and documents via short-lived URLs

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1Secret started as a way to scratch my own itch for security problems that I encountered daily: one-time sharing of sensitive logins, SSH keys, passwords, personal documents, etc, without permanent persistence.

March 4, 2021 No more roadmap

Currently 1secret.app has a Roadmap page with a series of ambitious goals. I will remove it before launch. Why?

I created the roadmap as a way to publicly keep track of planned features, as well as keep myself accountable. In retrospect, I shouldn't have published that list in the first place.

Much time has passed since, and my vision of what 1Secret can be in the short and long run has crystalized into more concrete ideas. As a result, that roadmap is no longer accurate. Some of those features remain, some will likely never happen, while others will morph into something similar. A lot of the hard numbers will also change.

Rather than keep this fictional version of the roadmap updated to match my current vision, I've decided it's better to remove it for now, and perhaps restore it later in a more concise form.

This way there's less work for me, and less potential for giving users false hopes. Under-promise and over-deliver is what I'm going for.

So if you're curious to know what's on the outdated roadmap, you'll have to navigate there on your own, as I will not link to it intentionally.

March 2, 2021 Let's talk pricing

1Secret currently has 3 pricing tiers, which I call Anonymous, Standard, and Premium. The first 2 are free, while the 3rd is $10 a month.

The first thing I'm changing is the tier names. Going by other successful products, my goal is to make it a lot clearer what each tier offers. Here's how.

Anonymous will disappear. It will exist still, but won't be featured explicitly on the Pricing page. Essentially it means you can create a secret for free without being signed in, except there will be restrictions compared to signing in with a free account.

Standard becomes Personal, and will remain FREE.

Premium becomes Pro, and will be PAID. I'm not ready to share yet what the actual price will be, suffice to say it will be different than the $10 I'm showing today.

Finally there will be a Team tier, also PAID. It will not be ready for release, as it involves a complete overhaul of the back-end. This tier will have certain features for sharing secrets in a team setting.

I think the new tier names make much more sense; I hope you feel the same.

March 1, 2021 It's been around the block a few times

1Secret is a service for sharing transient secrets. In a nutshell, it generates a unique URL containing information or files, that expires (and gets destroyed permanently) after a specified time. You can encrypt the secret with your own password, and of course share it.

1Secret is not now. Quite soon it will be 3 years old. I made the classic beginner's mistake of sitting on it instead of launching fast. Ironically, I had an MVP ready in ~10 hours, but it took so much longer to polish it up, write automated tests for most of the important code, build additional features, fix bugs, and tweak the design.

In the meantime I've used it every day myself, and I've even got a corporate user (who wants to pay me money), as well as random tire-kickers.

One of the sticking points that made me push the launch down the line is pricing. I could never make up my mind how much to charge for it, and what tiers I should have.

Recently, however, I sat down and gave it more careful consideration, and I think I arrived at a pricing structure that I'm happy with.

I do have 2-3 additional big features I would like 1Secret to have, but I've decided I will just launch the way it is, after I finalize the new pricing structure.

1Secret started as a way to scratch my own itch for security problems that I encountered daily: one-time sharing of sensitive logins, SSH keys, passwords, personal documents, etc, without permanent persistence.