1Password acquires Passage and affirms the advent of “access codes”

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Apple and Google are also developing their own alternative. Stated objective: to put an end to passwords as we know them today.

1Password buys Passage and affirms the advent of "access codes"

During the Worldwide Developer Conference 2022 where Apple presented macOS Ventura and iOS 16, the apple firm also presented the feature access codes. The idea here is to offer an even more secure identification solution than two-factor authentication, without a password. The developer prefers instead to capitalize on the biometric data collected by the TrueDepth sensor of his iPhone (Face ID) or with the fingerprint scanner on the fifth generation iPad Air.

But Cupertino is not the only one to offer this system, far from it. Indeed, other players offer similar platforms on a smaller scale, such as Passage. The publisher, led by Cole Hecht since its US debut in 2021, is aimed primarily at app creators. They benefit from a reliable connection module to integrate with their services without having to code it themselves from A to Z, as a kit. The success was immediate, so much so that the password manager 1Password has just announced that it is getting its hands on the company for an as yet unknown amount.

What is changing

According to Axios, which reports the case, the employees of Passage will therefore now come under the fold of 1Password and more precisely of its CTO, Pedro Canahuati. Advisor to DoorDash (FoodTech), the specialist previously worked for Facebook for more than ten years, up to the position of vice president of security and privacy.

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Hecht and his co-founder, Anna Pobletts, will also join 1Password while continuing to lead their respective teams. We do not know exactly how many employees are affected, but with a fundraising of four million dollars last February, Passage has already had time to recruit at least two dozen talents. Which is not the case for everyone.

Free for small businesses

In terms of value proposition, Passage offers above all a freemium model up to&8217; to five hundred monthly active users (MAU). Beyond that, customers must pay the sum of $0.10 per MAU, the number of authentications being unlimited for each account. Ditto for the quantity of apps that it is possible to integrate and for the members of the team to be added to the platform.

To reassure, Passage explains that it is member of the FIDO alliance, which brings together some of the most respected companies such as Amazon, Apple, Google, Intel, Samsung, Qualcomm, Thales or Wells Fargo, LastPass and ING. Finally, you should know that the identifiers are stored locally on the device of each Internet user, which also reduces the risks.

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