Password management is something we’ve harped on for quite some time, urging everybody to use strong passwords, password managers, two-factor authentication, the whole nine yards. Dashlane is a company that knows all about storing passwords. They’ve recently announced a partnership with Google to create an open-source API for login security. They’ll be working with other password management software in order to create an easy and secure solution to access passwords stored in password managers in order to log into Android applications.
The API is currently called OpenYOLO (You Only Login Once) and I’m sure I’m not the only one that hopes that isn’t the final name. Regardless of the name, the aim is good. The API would allow a developer to access stored passwords for their app or service, letting users sign in more easily. Getting other password managers on board is important, in order to cover as many users as possible.
Very little has been said so far about the implementation of the API, but the main parties involved are excited. You can read more in the full press release below.
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FULL PRESS RELEASE
Dashlane and Google Establish New Open-Source API Project for Better Login Security, to Include Participation with Leading Password Managers
NEW YORK – Dashlane, the leader in online identity and password management, and Google announce the upcoming launch of a new, open-source API project to enhance user security. The collaboration between Dashlane and Google, along with other leading password managers, will develop OpenYOLO (You Only Login Once), an open API that will enable App Developers to access passwords stored in password managers to easily and securely log users into their Android applications.
“This is an important initiative for our industry and for the state of user security,” said Emmanuel Schalit, CEO of Dashlane. “Collectively, we are committed to increasing user security and believe that the best way to do this is to champion open source security projects–which Dashlane has done earlier this year by becoming the first password manager to adopt the FIDO Alliance’s Universal Second Factor (U2F) authentication standard. We look forward to expanding this collaborative project that will benefit the entire security industry.”
Dashlane is spearheading the collaboration with the other top password management companies to contribute the industry’s security and software development expertise to further design, and implement the open API. Passwords are users’ first line of defense and the cooperation between multiple password managers is a groundbreaking step towards simplifying security for users of all devices.
Google’s Iain McGinniss explained, “Google is excited to support the launch of this project with Dashlane and help create a new open standard for app authentication. This project is part of our longstanding support of open technology standards that provide great, secure user experience to end users.”
As founding contributors to OpenYOLO, Dashlane, Google and all of the contributing leaders in password management look forward to taking the API beyond Android devices, and enabling universal implementation by various apps and password managers across all platforms and operating systems.
Dashlane makes identity and checkouts simple with its password manager and secure digital wallet app. Dashlane allows its users to securely manage passwords, credit cards, IDs, and other important information via advanced encryption and local storage.
Dashlane has helped 5 million users manage and secure their digital identity. The app is available on PC, Mac, Android, and iOS, and has won critical acclaim from top publications, including: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today.
Dashlane’s consumer app is free to use on one device, and Dashlane Premium costs $39.99/year to sync between an unlimited number of devices. Dashlane was founded by Bernard Liautaud and co-founders Alexis Fogel, Guillaume Maron, and Jean Guillou. The company has offices in New York City and Paris and has received $52.5 million in funding from TransUnion, Rho Ventures, FirstMark Capital, and Bessemer Venture Partners.