Last Pass confirms huge increase in use of password managers since iOS 12

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The useful thing about third-party password management apps is that they work cross platform

Apple’s decision to support third-party password managers unleashed a big wave of pent-up enthusiasm, according to Last Pass.

Password management hits the fast lane

Apple introduced a Password Manager API at WWDC 2018.

This enabled third party apps, like Last Pass and others, to autofill passwords in Safari and other included apps in iOS 12.

This became a “thing” for iOS users when Apple launched iOS 12 in September. This included the auto-fill functionality within apps and Safari.

The introduction of support in iOS 12 meant LastPass iOS users no longer needed to copy and paste credentials from the LastPass app on iOS devices, it also meant that users of multiple platforms can enjoy the convenience of these systems.

The result? “New LastPass registrations on mobile are in the thousands per day,” the company said. “Further, 94 percent of existing LastPass iOS users are now using the new operating system.”

Towards a more secure system

The developers were so excited they even wrote a blog about it, and this reveals a little more information:

  • LastPass daily active users on mobile climbed 23% as a result of the change.
  • iOS 12 users log in to 50% more sites with LastPass per day than they did before.

What’s important about this is that it means we are all using more complex passwords more often, making the ‘Net a slightly more secure place to be.

“It’s easier than ever to use a password manager, which means it’s even easier to practice safe password behavior from any device and stay secure on-the-go,” Last Pass said.

“Could mobile be the missing key to mainstream password management adoption?”

Now you can use systems like this across multiple platforms, it seems pretty possible.

Jonny Evans

Watching Apple since 1999. I don't say what they should do. I say what they might do. They sometimes do.

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