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Filling with your approval: On 1Password’s App Extension and iOS 8 security

App ExtensioniOS 8 has an incredible feature coming called App Extensions, and we’re thrilled to say we have a 1Password extension ready for developers to use right in their apps! In apps that gain support for our extension, you will no longer have to copy and paste passwords from 1Password. Yes, it really is a game changer, and you can see it in action for yourself.

Naturally, this new-fangled way for apps to interact in iOS 8 is leading people to ask how we do this in a secure manner:

  • Are we really letting third-party apps poke around inside of your 1Password data?
    • Answer: No, that is not how extensions work.
  • Can these third party apps ask 1Password for your PayPal password?
    • Answer: Well, they can ask, but you decide if they should get what they ask for.
  • Can they trick you into entering your 1Password Master Password into something that isn’t 1Password?
    • Answer: The very same mechanisms that prevent that today apply to application extensions.

TL;DR

I will elaborate on all of this below. But to summarize, all of my points and these safeguards in both iOS extensions and 1Password are built on an important design principle: Nothing happens without your explicit action.

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On iOS 8, App Extensions, OS X Yosemite, and 1Password

iOS 8 App Extensions iconHonestly, we’d like to exclaim from atop Yosemite’s cliffs about our excitement for the other Yosemite, iOS 8, and all the incredible things Apple announced during WWDC 2014’s opening keynote.

But the great news is we’re actually here, in San Francisco, to learn first-hand about all this amazing new stuff straight from Apple (though the not-so-great news is we’ll have to hold off on the road trip)! If you’re in the area and see us around, we love to meet fellow developers and our amazing customers—be sure to say hi!

iOS 8 App Extensions, Touch ID opening up, and what this all could mean for 1Password

By now you may have heard about App Extensions, one of the many, many new features Apple announced is coming to iOS 8 in the fall. In short, App Extensions allow third-party apps to plug into other apps, including Apple’s own.

iOS extensions

Combine that with Apple’s announcement that Touch ID is also opening up to third-party developers, and you can see why we were doing Snoopy dances in our keynote seats. Then pile on other great new stuff like user-installable keyboards, OS-wide support for third-party cloud storage, Spotlight improvements, and… well, you can see we have a lot of dancing to do. Then, we have a lot of research and testing to do.

This all is incredibly exciting, and we are looking into the delectable possibilities these features might be able to unlock for 1Password. Might.

Right now, we have nothing to announce since we learned of all this awesomeness at the same time as you. We still need to explore the actual capabilities of these features and whether we can even use them.

As soon as we can say more about whether iOS 8’s HomeKit features will let 1Password turn off your lights and lock your front door along with your vault, we’ll exclaim it from atop our blog here, Twitter, Facebook, and our newsletter!