Apple, Google and Microsoft team up to eliminate passwords By Benzinga France


© Reuters. Apple, Google and Microsoft team up to eliminate passwords

Apple Inc (NASDAQ:), Google of Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:NASDAQ:) (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:NASDAQ:) are teaming up to offer the possibility of a passwordless sign-in option

What happened The three tech giants announce a joint effort to eliminate passwords on websites and in applications thanks to a standard created by theFIDO Alliance and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

Instead of entering a password, users will log in with a fingerprint sensor, facial recognition, or device PIN.

Kurt KnightApple’s senior director of product marketing, said working with the industry to establish new, more secure ways to sign in is “at the heart of our commitment to creating products that provide maximum security and a seamless user experience.”

“We look forward to making FIDO-based technology available on Chrome, ChromeOS, Android and other platforms, and encourage app and website developers to adopt it,” said Mark Rishersenior director of product management at Google.

“The transition to a world without passwords will be complete when users begin to consistently choose this option,” commented Alex Simonsvice president of identity management at Microsoft.

Why this matters According to industry experts, this new approach would protect consumers from phishing and ensure a radically safer connection.

These changes will be in place sometime in 2023 on operating systems from Apple, Google and Microsoft. They will allow users to automatically access their FIDO credentials on multiple devices, even new ones, without having to re-register each account, and to use FIDO authentication on their mobile device to log into an application or a website on a nearby device, regardless of the operating system or browser they are using.

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