Apple, Google, and Microsoft, three of the world’s largest technology corporations, want to simplify safe login procedures that do not require a password. Thursday, in honour of World Password Day, the corporations issued a joint statement announcing this. The new features are intended to enable websites and applications to provide consumers with safe, password-free logins across all devices and platforms.
The standard was created by the World Wide Web Consortium and the Fido Alliance. In addition to hundreds of technological businesses and service providers, the Fido Alliance also comprises public agencies. With these advancements, the industry hopes to assure that in the future, critical data will not be protected solely by a password.
Experts have pointed out for years that even passwords with several letters, numbers, and special characters that are often changed are vulnerable. They advise employing login techniques that also require a security stick or an authentication app’s code. The most recent version of the Fido standard even functions without a password you must remember.
New features added to the FIDO standard
The current announcement adds two new features to the standard: On the one hand, users can automatically access their access data on numerous devices, as well as new devices, without having to register each account individually. Additionally, they can utilise authentication on their mobile device to log in to an app or website on any of their nearby devices, regardless of the operating system or web browser
The current technological implementation necessitates that users log in separately to each website or app on each device prior to using the password-free capability. Now, this is simple. The new functionality should be accessible on Apple, Google, and Microsoft platforms within a year.
“Overcoming Password-Based Authentication of the Past”
Mark Risher, senior director of product management at Google, remarked, “This achievement is a credit to the industry’s joint efforts to enhance security and eliminate archaic password-based authentication.” Microsoft’s corporate vice president of identity programme management, Alex Simons, stated, “The full transition to a password-free world will occur when people make it a natural part of their life.”
Any effective solution must be more secure, easier to use, and faster than passwords and current multi-factor authentication systems.