Google’s ‘Open Yolo’ Could Make Passwords Obsolete

by CXOtoday News Desk    Aug 09, 2016


Google is working on a project that will make traditional passwords obsolete. For this initiative the tech major teamed up with password manager Dashlane, along with other password managers to develop “Open YOLO” (You Only Login Once), an open API for app developers. In other words, the company wants to help Android users by providing them with a hassle-free login process, ending the process of entering passwords, thereby creating a seamless, universally-acceptable Android app authentication solution.

The new initiative will enable Android apps to access passwords stored in the user’s password managers, which effortlessly and securely log them into Android applications. Experts wonder, if open APIs like this one, would make passwords obsolete even sooner than expected. 

There is no doubt that Google is looking at making passwords obsolete. In June 2016, Google introduced a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ prompt function, where users can tap to approve remote login request, instead of manually entering a code for authentication.

Experts believe, passwords may cease to exist in the near future, because of their risks and complexities. Besides, choosing longer passwords, using special characters, and , and so on, make passwords pretty annoying. At present however, companies believe that strong passwords are user’s first line of defense against harmful data breaches and cyber-attacks.

Google too said this initiative can help millions of consumers and businesses not only to protect their passwords and personal data but also to perform fast, secure account login on various devices. 

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 Dashlane, said in an official blog post, “Dashlane is spearheading the collaboration with other top password management companies, who will contribute their unique security and software development expertise to improve the design and implementation of this open API.”

The project may be regarded as the first big step towards making security simple and accessible for every user, on every device. In the near future, Google plans to see Open YOLO API going beyond just Android devices, and becoming universally-implemented by apps and password managers across every platform and operating system.

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. “Ultimately, we look forward to expanding this collaborative project, so that it will benefit the entire security ecosystem as a whole,” experts at Dashlane mentioned in the blog.

Besides Google, Apple had also introduced a new system that allows its Apple Watch users to login to their Macs by simply being in the vicinity of the device, without entering any password. They can do it with the help of Bluetooth and Wireless networks.