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1Password leverages Touch ID, iOS 8 extensions to make passwords easy

1Password creator Agile Bits is showing off the convenience and security of having passwords in third-party apps while using its software and iOS 8's extensions. Because of the new extensions system in iOS 8, third-party apps can now better communicate with each other along with Apple's fingerprint Touch ID system.

What this means is that if you're logging into your Yelp or Chase online banking app, a pop-up will appear asking you to either enter a password, or authenticate yourself with 1Password if you have your user name credentials or ID secured and stored with the service. 1Password will pull that information and insert it into the app and allow you to securely sign in.

This way, you won't need to remember a billion different password entries.

Developers interested in integrating with 1Password should check the code at GitHub.

Is this quick way to secure your apps and services while having the convenience of easily entering your password information through Touch ID and password management services like 1Password a compelling enough reason to upgrade to iOS 8? Are you looking forward to this feature?

Source: Agile Bits (opens in new tab)

  • "This way, you won't need to remember a billion different password entries." Actually, this is already true if you already use 1 Password. Why I'm excited about iOS 8 is that I will no longer have to enter my long and complex Master password to open 1Password.
  • Wonder if it will work with Safari
  • Yes, they already released a demo a while ago of 1Password extension running inside Safari. This new reveal is for third party apps instead of Safari.
  • This seems like it'll make a number of password related things even easier. Sent from the iMore App
  • Couldn't apps, such as Yelp or Chase, add the fingerprint identification, themselves (being that it will be available to all third party apps, upon iOS 8's release), as opposed to allowing a plugin from 1Password? I would imagine the individual app developers could choose to use one or the other, or both, so why have the redundancy? I kinda figured that 3rd party Touch ID support would make apps like 1Password obsolete for people who want to fully jump on the fingerprint bandwagon.
  • 1) TouchID is only available for iPhone 5S. There is still ~800 million iOS users not having TouchID and they're not going away for the next 3-4 years.
    2) Fingerprint merely unlocks the access to the iOS keychain, it does not actually replace the primary authorization within the apps. The apps must have something to unlock with, like your account password. Once you enter your account password, the app then can store it in the iOS keychain and use it for Fingerprint authentication. That's where 1Password come in, it can serve as the initial phase to fill in your password and you can then enable the app to use TouchID.
    3) If you didn't notice, you can use the extension to generate a strong password and store it within 1Password, so that you can use it on other platforms like Windows, Android and iOS. Your iOS keychain does not sync these data across.
  • So, tell me if I understand his correctly. Turn on phone, no passcodes in cache, enter passcode to unlock iPhone, now that passcode is in the "secure enclave". But that that's only my unlock code. Each and ever app passcode must be entered after a system start? So you're saying that with 1Pass, I could just enter that 1passcode to load all passcodes for all apps into the secure enclave all at once. Then Touch ID would take care of the rest. Is that correct? If so, seems handy. Sent from the iMore App
  • One of the major features I'm most looking forward to in iOS 8!
  • SO. FREAKING. EXCITED! I really had high hopes for Touch ID like this after seeing how well it already works. Awesome.
  • Oh Boy! I can't wait for this capability. I love 1Password and use it constantly on all my iDevices. The convenience of logins using 1Password with TouchID is very exciting. Sent from the iMore App
  • Yea super feature, but what about mac, and when does anybody think apple would include Touch ID on mac so we can surf and login securely using Touch ID and apps like 1password to surf??? If anybodies heard anything would appreciate the heads up, thanks
  • I will absolutely love this feature in 1Password. My current master password is big & complex and entering it everytime is a pain. This will solve that last bit of frustration .. yayyy ! Sent from the iMore App
  • This is the biggest upside for me with iOS 8 on my iPhone 5S. The potential for this is absolutely game changing. I love the idea to allow the finger print reader to act as what the PIN function works as now. If we can have the extensibility move to all applications, yet another reason to move more family to iOS and iPhone 5S or greater.
  • I wonder if Agile Bits will require us to repurchase 1Password, as they like to do once in a while.
  • Yes. Great news. Sent from the iMore App
  • I've been using mSecure on my Mac and iPhone for a while. However, if they don't add this functionality, it is back to 1Password for sure. Also, I am predicting a 1Password "Sale" right around the iOS 8 launch. They are smart to go all in now. Be ready at launch and enjoy the benefits. Sent from the iMore App
  • Can't wait to see this. I've been on 1Password for about 4 months and while it is super convenient on the Mac, switching apps to copy and paste on iOS gets tiresome.