Apple, Google and Microsoft team up on passwordless logins2022-05-05 16:43 by Daniela
Tags: Apple, Microsoft
In a joint effort to make the web more secure and usable for all, Apple, Google, and Microsoft today announced plans to expand support for a common passwordless sign-in standard created by the FIDO Alliance and the World Wide Web Consortium. The new capability will allow websites and apps to offer consistent, secure, and easy passwordless sign-ins to consumers across devices and platforms.
This means that, sooner or later, you won't need a password to log into devices, websites or applications. Instead, your phone will store a FIDO credential called a passkey, which is used to unlock your device - and your entire online account.
A passkey is significantly more secure than a password because it's protected with cryptography and is only shown to your online account when you unlock your device. Passwords, meanwhile, leave us vulnerable to phishing scams and our own bad habits, like using the same password across accounts.
Though current FIDO-based systems require an original login to allow for automatic sign in, new planned systems will allow users to automatically access their "passkey" on several devices without having to re-enroll accounts for each individual piece of hardware. The tech will also supposedly allow users to sign on to an app or website on a nearby device, no matter what operating system or device they're using.
FIDO is an association created in 2012 that includes most of the big-name players in the tech space, with a suite of board members from companies like Microsoft, Apple, and Google, as well as Amazon, Intel, Visa and more. Its systems are already used by device makers and web designers across the tech-o-sphere, specifically in the automatic login systems seen across multiple devices like Google Chrome or on Apple accounts.
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