Apple launches open source project to help password managers; Dropbox Passwords is launched at the invitation stage

Projeto Password Manager Resources, da Apple

If you use a password manager on iOS / iPadOS, improvements are on the way. That’s because Apple today launched a open source project designed to integrate parts of the ICloud keys to these services, making communication between them smoother and delivering a more uniform experience to users.

THE Passward Manager Resources is available on GitHub and can be used (and modified) for free by developers. Apple describes the project as follows:

Apple created a new open source project to help developers of password managers collaborate by creating strong passwords that are compatible with popular websites. The project Password Manager Resources allows you to integrate specific site requirements, used by iCloud Keys, to generate strong and unique passwords. The project also brings collections of sites that share login systems, links to the pages of the sites where users can change their passwords and much more.

In other words: even though Apple is not yet proposing a complete union of password managers, at least the company is sharing some of its work so that other developers can offer an even better user experience on its platform.

Dropbox Passwords

Still on the subject of password managers, we have a new rider on the horizon – a rider from Dropbox, nothing less.

THE Dropbox Passwords is a password manager that was made available silently on the App Store and Google Play today. For now it works only on the basis of invitations, then the whole thing is being released little by little; there will certainly be an official announcement by the company when the service is released publicly.


Dropbox Passwords app icon - By Invite

The fact is that, on paper, the operation of the manager is quite interesting: instead of using end-to-end encryption, as is common in services like this, Dropbox Passwords uses a technique known as zero-knowledge encryption – a method which allows the user to log into their Dropbox account without the server on the other side having knowledge of its code.

It works like this: when you log in, you do not enter your access code – instead, you perform some mathematical operations involving the numeric code, which allow the server to verify your identity without entering the password itself. As a result, if a hacker breaks into the Dropbox servers, he will not obtain your code and will not be able to break into your account.

In terms of functionality, Dropbox Passwords is similar to the competition: it stores your login data in your Dropbox account, allowing you to enter your accounts with one touch / click and access your passwords from anywhere.

According to The Next Web, the service will be made available to all users of paid Dropbox plans. We will follow the news about him, therefore.