An open source API will allow app developers to access passwords stored in any password manager, Dashlane hopes.
As password managers go, the latest version of Dashlane has a slick user interface and is packed with features.
The problem is that neither it nor most other password managers can help you log in to most mobile apps.
To solve that problem, Dashlane is creating an open-source API that will enable app developers to access passwords stored in pretty much any password manager.
It will roll out on Android devices first, though Dashlane didn’t offer a timeline of when it would be available.
Although setting unique passwords for each app you use is a hassle, it’s admittedly a small problem, since most major apps either only require you to log in once, are compatible with your phone’s fingerprint reader, or use a common third-party login like a Facebook or Google account.
Dashlane is aiming its API, awkwardly named OpenYOLO (for “you only log in once”), at apps that don’t do any of that.
Developed in partnership with Google, it will initially only be compatible with Dashlane’s app for Android devices.
But Dashlane hopes to get more password managers on board, and expand it to other mobile and desktop operating systems.
An open standard for app authentication is “an important initiative for our industry and for the state of user security,” Dashlane CEO Emmanuel Schalit said in a statement.
Dashlane’s open-source API initiative comes as its competitor 1Password is introducing a new subscription plan for individual customers.
For $2.99 per month, users get 1Password’s baseline functions plus automatic sync across devices, data-loss protection, secure document storage, Web access, and restoration of deleted or changed items.