I’m happy to announce that 1Password has joined the FIDO Alliance to help build safer, simpler, and faster login solutions for everyone. In fact, we’re already on our way … keep reading for a sneak peek at the future of authentication in 1Password.
Passwordless: we’re ready when you are
When it comes to online security, people are often at their most vulnerable when logging in to accounts. That’s why 1Password has spent the better part of two decades making that process safer, easier, and more convenient for our customers.
As technology advances, new methods of authenticating – including passwordless – continue to appear. By joining the FIDO Alliance, we’re taking an active role in shaping what comes next. As more services adopt passwordless approaches for authentication, 1Password will be ready to ensure our customers can log in securely without worrying about what technology is under the hood.
This is an important step toward our vision of a future where signing in is no longer complicated. Where your password manager doesn’t just remember your password, it remembers whether or not you even used one for that account.
The best part? That future is closer than you think.
A sneak peek at passwordless support in 1Password
Our team is always looking for ways to leverage the latest research and innovations to keep you safer. Today, we’d like to give you a sneak peek at a new feature we’ve been working on behind the scenes – one we’re really excited about.
In time, you’ll be able to use your 1Password desktop application as a WebAuthn device. WebAuthn is a secure protocol jointly developed by the FIDO Alliance and World Wide Web Consortium. It uses strong public-key cryptography to make passwordless logins easy and universal.
The typical downside of WebAuthn is that it requires dedicated hardware, which can be lost, stolen, or just not at hand when you need it. We’ve addressed this shortcoming by integrating your private keys directly into 1Password.
Here’s what it looks like in action:
While it’s still early days for this functionality, we’re working hard to bring it to you as quickly as we can - be sure to download 1Password 8 to be among the first to try it when it’s ready! By joining the FIDO Alliance, we can advocate for wider adoption of these technologies and help everyone reap the benefits.
What has always mattered most to us is making it easy for our customers to get their work done, with the peace of mind that comes from knowing they aren’t trading away their security or privacy along the way.