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Hi! That’s extremely kind of you to say. Thank you!

Since we’re talking about this, here’s a short story about this feature…
The idea for Security Code AutoFill came out of a small group of software engineers working on what we thought was a much more ambitious project. It wasn’t a PM, it wasn’t just one person, and it wasn’t what we set out to do initially.
It started as a small side idea we had while designing something very different. We jotted it down, tabled it for weeks, and then picked it up after the “more ambitious” project wasn’t panning out. It was hard, but I’m so glad we changed focus.
Even with a gem of an idea, it was still just an idea. Ideas are obviously super important — they’re necessary, but not sufficient. Here, the end result came from the idea, teamwork, and execution.
Years later, I’m still so proud of the team for making this feature happen. The team combined expertise from several areas to ship magic that worked on day 1, while asking nothing of app and website developers, without giving anyone your text messages. This still inspires me!
To every one of the folks who made this happen, I’m still in awe. Y’all are the best. <3
Addendum: FAQs
- “SMS is bad.”
↪ I know.

- “MITM.”
↪ I know.

- “FIDO is better.”
↪ It’s complicated, but acknowledged; I totally get it.

- “Android did it first.”
↪ Nah. Details matter. Privacy matters. And clipboard != AutoFill.

- *negativity*
↪ Not now. :)
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