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Google and Dashlane’s open-source Android project means ‘You Only Login Once’

Google is partnering with password management service Dashlane and other leading password managers to create an open-source API called Open YOLO– or “You Only Login Once.”

The API works with a user’s favourite password manager to allow users to login just once at the beginning of a session, gaining access to all of their other Android apps without any extra input needed for validation. That isn’t to say the validation process is skipped, however. Behind the scenes, the user’s password manager of choice is going through the process of secure login.

In its release Dashlane says it is spearheading the collaboration with other top password managers, but doesn’t mention names. In the comments, however, a moderator has expanded on the details of the situation, stating that once YOLO is made public (after Dashlane, Google and other major contributors deem it stable), any password management developer will be able to fully utilize and contribute to the code.


Additionally, Android app developers can choose whether or not to implement the code that will allow for seamless login– that means there’s no guarantee that all of a user’s apps will automatically accept the new process.

Dashlane has high hopes for its project, and with Google’s partnership development looks promising.

“This project is the first big step towards making security simple and accessible for every user, on every device,” states the company, “In the future, we see this open API going beyond just Android devices, and becoming universally-implemented by apps and password managers across every platform and operating system.”

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