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. To make keeping track of passwords easier, Google has worked with Dashlane to create a new password management API called “Open YOLO” — which stands for “You Only Login Once.”

This new API will of course be open source which will allow new password management apps (and current options) to use the standard. Dashlane’s own app will be the first to take advantage of it, but other password management apps are also involved with the project or interested in working with it.

Open YOLO works more or less the same way that Google’s own Smart Lock does. Once you sign in to whatever password manager is on your device (which uses Open YOLO), you’ll be automatically signed in to the apps on your device without having to input your password multiple times. Google will likely be releasing more information on this API in the near future and we should begin seeing it on password managers soon as well.

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.

About Dashlane

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.

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