Everyone knows that they need complex and secure passwords to keep the bad guys out of their computer systems and smartphones, but knowing and doing it are two different stories. Now, Dashlane and Google are aiming to make users more secure without inconveniencing them, thanks to Open YOLO (short for You Only Login Once), an open API for app developers.
The new open API will enable Android apps to access passwords stored on consumers’ password managers, making it effortless and secure to log into the applications.
“At Dashlane, we know that strong passwords are your first line of defense against harmful data breaches and cyberattacks. As headlines continue to be flooded with news of colossal data breaches and user passwords sold on the Dark Web, Google has taken notice of the tens of millions of consumers and businesses turning to password managers, not only [to] protect their passwords and personal data but also to perform fast, secure account login on various devices,” said Dashlane in a blog post announcing the new tool. “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.”
According to Dashlane, its development team chose to go open-source because it believes doing that will make it easier for users to protect themselves on the internet. With open-source security, they get simple security options that work across a variety of platforms. Dashlane said it is spearheading the collaboration with password management companies that will contribute their security and software development expertise to enhance the design and implementation of the open API.
“This project is the first big step towards making security simple and accessible for every user, on every device,” said Dashlane. “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. Ultimately, we look forward to expanding this collaborative project so that it will benefit the entire security ecosystem as a whole.”