I vividly remember reading about Mat Honan, then of Wired Magazine, getting hacked by kids using social engineering tricks over six years ago. His entire digital life, including a laptop with family pictures that weren’t backed up, was wiped out in less than an hour. And all of that was just to hijack his three letter Twitter account (@mat) for the lulz. His pain and the expense of piecing things back together and getting data recovery done on a blank hard drive were a wake up call for me and many others. That kind of thing can happen to anyone, and you never know when an attack on your data will come.
This week AgileBits announced that 1Password will support extensions for iOS 8
. That’s a big deal because it will allow the 1Password app
to send passwords straight into other App Store apps, instead of merely acting as an external password vault. That’s the major difference between the iOS and Mac versions of 1Password: system wide access. This iOS extension should help close that gap and make both versions of 1Password equally useful.
The only catch is that developers will have to make sure they support 1Password’s extension (the code for which is available on Github), but I’m not too worried about that. I think extensions are going to be absolute game changers once iOS 8 is released, and secure password storage will likely be one of the primary use cases.
It’s also really exciting to think about how easy this could all be when TouchID inevitably comes to the iPad…