1Password has plans to get companies to actually use one password

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Digital password manager company 1Password announced this week that it will expand the login features of its services, starting with something called Universal Sign On that it says can make logging into different websites or services even easier.

1Password already sells subscription services to small and large businesses looking to control and secure access to various passwords amongst staff, and now it looks to make Universal Sign On work alongside multi-factor authentication products like Duo and single sign-on (SSO) products.

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While announcing a new funding round, 1Password launched a "vision of the future" website, presenting a simplified idea on how 1Password can help make logins easier by remembering what single sign-on method was used on what site and ride it through for you.

On Wednesday, Tom Warren with The Verge joined 1Password CEO and co-founders on a talk on social media.

How will 1Password try to solve the challenges of universal log on and, in particular, whether you are trying to compete with Okta, Active Directory and others in this space?

Jeannie De Guzman is the CFO of 1Password.

We are an Okta shop at 1Password. We don't see Okta as a direct competitor. When you use Okta inside a company, it's often times a lot of enterprise level software that you have enterprise-wide deployment. Those onesies and twosies that go to a small group of people don't necessarily get caught in Okta.

Guzman says 1Password can work with Okta on the issue of shadow IT, where people can still have access to things not governed by Okta.

We capture all the logins that aren't captured enterprise-wide. Finance departments could give access to bank accounts with a single sign-on solution using 1Password, even if they are not configured for Okta-style SSO access, according to an example given by someone who has worked finance in various companies. Many companies have a finance department employee who just left who still knows the bank account password.

The company posted on its website today to explain how 1Password will work with SSO solutions and why companies should use it.

SSO doesn't solve all your security problems, just a subset of them. Employees can create an account on their own if a service is not integrated into your platform.

You can listen to the full 1Password recording on the micro-blogging site.