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[Update: Sprint, T-Mobile] US carriers launch system that could replace app passwords with your phone itself

Smartphone users already have several great options when it comes to password managers on Android, letting them log in to supported apps at the press of a button. Now they're being joined by ZenKey, a new service developed in collaboration with the four major US cell carriers that's looking to do away with individual passwords while claiming some robust security features of its own.

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Firefox Lockbox lets you access passwords saved in Firefox from outside the browser

Firefox Lockbox, Mozilla's password manager and companion app to the browser of the same name, is now available on Android after being available exclusively on iOS for some time. The app lets you access passwords saved in Firefox from outside the browser.

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Enpass 6 update is out with dark mode, multiple vaults, and sharing

Popular password manager Enpass has released its v6 update, branding it "The Himalayan Edition." It had been in beta for a few months already and has been called the single largest update since the app's inception. Noteworthy new features include multiple vaults, shared vaults, and a new third-party audited security architecture.

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The 5 best password managers for Android

Our accounts hold invaluable information about us — about our work, our finances, and our social lives. Keeping that information safe from prying eyes is paramount, and to do that, we need solid passwords. Assuming you're a typical person living in the modern age, you probably have accounts and passwords for about a million websites and services, and it can be hard to keep them all straight. Password managers take the onus of remembering dozens and dozens of (hopefully) unique strings of characters off our stupid brains, and once you've used one, it's hard to imagine going without. If you're still shopping around for a password manager to call your very own, here are five solid options.

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LastPass has moved two previously free features to the paid plan and doubled the price

LastPass is one of the most popular password managers on the market, but it's getting a price hike today. It's going to be twice as expensive going forward, but the good news is you're getting some more features for the money. The bad news is those features used to be free. Users of the free account won't be completely losing out, though.

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[1Change ManyDeceits] 1Password betrayed users, disappointed security experts by moving from license and local storage to monthly cloud subscription

For as long as I remember, 1Password has been a popular albeit expensive password management solution. Before LastPass and Dashlane came into the picture, most password managers relied on an encrypted locally stored file that you could only open with a master password if you had physical access to the device it was saved on, with clunky manual syncing options between different devices. There were no subscription models (you just paid for the app), no cloud storage, and no security risks unless your device itself was compromised. 1Password kept that model for years, adding some cloud syncing solutions like Dropbox for those who didn't want to keep manually syncing their file, but sticking with the app-based pricing.

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AgileBits shows us how Android O's autofill API works with a 1Password demo

One of the most exciting changes in Android O is the new Autofill API that would allow password manager apps to register as system-wide providers of autofill services. In layman terms, this means that apps like LastPass, 1Password, Enpass, Dashlane, and others, won't have to use accessibility services or screen overlays anymore as a workaround to fill up your usernames and passwords. Instead, they will have one API that grants them native access to enter your information without too much hassle.

AgileBits has put up a demo of a test version of 1Password, its password manager, which has been updated to benefit from O's Autofill API.

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Smart Lock Passwords Is Now Going Live On Pre-Android M Devices, Web Interface Is Active Too

One of the relatively hidden treasures of yesterday's I/O announcements and Android M preview release was Smart Lock Passwords, which takes credentials you've signed in with on Chrome or for Android apps and automatically signs you in on those platforms in the future. At launch, there are not many app partners, but developers need only use a now-public API to add support. Today, Lollipop users with relatively recent Google Play Services are finding the new feature enabled on their devices as well.

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Smart Lock Now Acts As A Password Manager Using Your Google Account For Both Chrome And Android

Buried in the newly-located Google settings is a curious area called "Smart Lock Passwords." While it doesn't make its function very clear, once you try to sign in with one of the supported apps, it gets much more obvious. Take, for instance, Netflix, one of this feature's launch partners. After signing in as you would normally, Smart Lock will ask if you'd like to store your password for future use.


Now, at this point, you haven't really seen the fun part. Storing passwords is one thing, but making them useful is another. To demonstrate, I uninstalled the Netflix app and then opened it for the first time.

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