Mitro makes password manager open source as team heads to Twitter

The client and server side code is being released under an open source license

The team at Mitro Labs, the developer of a password manager, is joining Twitter, and its software is being released under a free and open source license, Mitro said Thursday.

The Mitro team said in a post on the company's website that they were joining Twitter's location team in New York to focus on geo-related projects.

Twitter said it is not providing any details of the deal at this time beyond what is in Mitro's blog post. Twitter Engineering welcomed the Mitro team in a message.

The Mitro password manager for individuals and groups records user names and passwords as users log in to new sites, synchronizes them across devices, and lets users share them with others. It has extensions for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari, mobile apps for iOS and Android, and a server to do the synchronization.

Online rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation is helping transition Mitro to "a sustainable, community-run project."

The client and server side software is being released under the GPL (general public license) on code sharing site Github.

EFF said that while the Mitro team is joining Twitter, Mitro itself will continue as an independent corporation. It said Mitro had committed that it would fund the continued operation of its servers at least till the end of this year. "The service will continue to operate as-is for the foreseeable future," Mitro said.

Mitro is described by EFF as "already quite a mature and usable system." It said it didn't recommend downloading the Android version of the app for the time being because of security issues arising from its use of the Android clipboard.

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