Four weeks ago Kenneth Henderick contacted me because he wanted to build a Chrome extension to substitute the Passpack It! button, improving it. I really liked the idea, so we worked together a bit and I added some features to Passpack in order to provide him with what he needed to build UsePass.
If you are a Chrome user, you can download and install it from here.
UsePass supports multiple accounts. So, if you administer a company account and have also you personal account, you don’t need two buttons anymore.
It also supports a keyboard shortcut. This is very useful because one of the limitations of the Passpack It! button is that you need to visualize the button bar of your browser to click it. So when a login form is displayed in a popup window – without bars or a menu – it won’t work simply because you can not click it. With UsePass you can press your keyboard shortcut and magically you login to the website.
What About Security?
As you probably know, the Passpack It! button contains a special Autologin Key used to encrypt and decrypt the data necessary in order to autologin to websites. This is important because it also guarantees that the autologin data temporarily stored in our database is encrypted and fully adheres to Host-Proof Hosting.
UsePass, to do its job, needed to know this Autologin Key. Since it can only access DOM elements in the Passpack page, I added some special hidden DIVs containing the User ID, Autologin Key and the Autologin Key reduced hash. UsePass, during configuration, reads this data and has all it needs to do its job.
A note. UsePass simply runs the same process the Passpack It! button runs. So, if the autologin doesn’t work on some website don’t write to Kenneth, write us.
I installed the extension and it works perfectly. Also, Kenneth told me that if the UsePass for Chrome is appreciated by users, then he could develop a Firefox version as well. That would be great, wouldn’t it? So give him your feedback.