The LastPass Safari Extension
iOS 8 now allows third-party apps like ours to integrate directly into Safari as an extension. Once enabled in the browser, this means LastPass can fill web logins instantly without a user ever leaving the browser. The extension gives direct access to the LastPass vault, so you can use stored logins or save new accounts in less steps.
Touch ID Integration
With the release of the iPhone 5S, Apple launched Touch ID, a new fingerprint identity sensor for authenticating on iOS. By touching the Home button, the sensor reads your fingerprint, allowing you to unlock your phone and authorize other actions on your device.
For added security, you also have the option to enable Touch ID to unlock your LastPass vault to access your stored accounts. While browsing in Safari and launching the LastPass extension, you can respond to the Touch ID prompt to authorize LastPass to fill a web login.
A New Mobile Experience
Together, the LastPass Safari extension and the Touch ID integration allow us to provide a more streamlined, secure authentication experience for our iOS users. We hope to see Apple continue in this direction and provide even more flexibility for third-party security providers on iOS.
You’ll be able to grab the LastPass app from the iTunes app store within the next few weeks, and we’ll soon have demonstrations of how these new features will work in the LastPass app. Note the iOS app is part of our LastPass Premium service for $12 per year.