We all have a million passwords to keep track of, so tools that can help us keep them secure and also make them easier to use are always great. Security in smartphones is very important and all manufacturers are trying their best to provide that. Talking about security, smartphones these days are doing far better than what they used to. Even today, many people have problems with typing passwords into phones. This is most common with everyone. Google is working this, trying to change the way it works.
Google has taken the next big step forward in its war against the password – an open source system to instantly and securely log you into apps on your phone using your password manager.
A partnership with Dashlane and other password managers, the new open source project called Open Yolo (You only login once) aims to provide a secure link between third-party android apps and password managers. Using the system, users would only need to log into their password manager to access all their apps, without retyping any usernames or passwords. Google has worked with Dashlane to create a new password management API called “Open YOLO” — which stands for “You Only Login Once.”
Dashlane community manager Malaika Nicholas said: “To stay one-step ahead of the market demand, Google and Dashlane are helping create a seamless, universally-acceptable Android app authentication solution to increase your online security.
“In the future, we see this open API going beyond just Android devices, and becoming universally implemented by apps and password managers across every platform and operating system.”
Many password managers already allow users to login using a smartphone’s accessibility features on Android, which act like another virtual keyboard to type in your login details for you into password boxes, but the implementation is clumsy and not universal. Apple’s iOS has a more integrated solution, allowing password managers to link directly into password boxes, but few apps actually support the feature.
The reusing of simple passwords has become a real problem for security, and while unique passwords under 14 characters are no longer recommended, it is almost impossible for the average user to remember the many passwords they need each day. Biometric security systems that use your fingerprint or iris to identify a user are becoming popular, but cannot be used in every situation.
We don’t have much to talk about here though due to lack of details. But according to reports, the way it will work is, users will log in once to the password manager and then it will get access to all apps that support open YOLO. But it is unclear as to what will happen if someone hacks into the YOLO or the password manager itself? Well, that is something to be on a look out for. Earlier this year, for example, Dashlane became the first password manager to support the FIDO Alliance’s Universal Second Factor (U2F) authentication standard.
According to other reports, it is expected that Dashlane will come up with this project for other operating system and platforms as well. But they are starting things off strong with Android, and it appears that the project is going well so far. Dashlane reported that they are looking forward to expanding the project and help benefit the entire security ecosystem as a whole. We will eventually get more info on this sooner or later. So stay tuned for more info this in coming weeks or months.