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Google wants to standardize Android password managers

Engadget Engadget 5/08/2016 Steve Dent

Security is more important than ever, but people still don't love typing passwords into phones. As such, Google is teaming with Dashlane and other password managers on the "Open YOLO" (You Only Login Once) project. The idea is to create an API that lets Android developers access password managers so that you can log into apps automatically with no typing or insecure autofill. Dashlane is spearheading the venture in cooperation with other password managers, though it hasn't said which are involved.

Details are light on how it works, but we assume you'd log in once to your password manager then get access to all apps that support Open YOLO (gawd that name). Such a system would be more convenient and secure for the average user, as many managers require strong passwords and protect you from reuse attacks. (That's assuming, of course, that nobody hacks YOLO or the password manager itself.)

Dashlane said that while the project is starting with Android, it could eventually hit other platforms and operating systems. Neither Google nor other password managers like LastPass have chimed in, but we expect we'll find out more once they do.


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