The Big Three in IT are proposing to extend FIDO standards and adopt “passwordless” authentication to all their services to finally offer Internet users around the world a secure world without passwords.
Microsoft paved the way last September, giving Microsoft Account users the ability to live without a password. Here, account security is ensured by two-factor authentication using your smartphone, biometrics and the Authenticator application.
Now, the major IT players want to join the movement. Google, Apple and Microsoft have announced a joint effort to offer a more secure Web universe next year, but without any password. And the three American players even agree to rely on the same standard.
” As part of a joint effort to make the web safer and more convenient for everyone, Apple, Google and Microsoft today announce plans to expand support for a common passwordless sign-in standard. created by the FIDO Alliance and the World Wide Web Consortium. This New Feature Will Enable Websites and Apps to Offer Consistent, Secure, and Simple Passwordless Logins to Consumers Across All Devices and Platforms explains the joint press release.
” Password-only authentication is one of the web’s biggest security issues, and managing a large number of passwords is cumbersome for consumers, often leading them to reuse the same ones between different services. This practice can lead to costly account takeovers, data breaches, and even identity theft “recall the three actors.
If password managers and older forms of two-factor authentication were only a temporary solution. It’s time to give up passwords in favor of more modern, more secure but above all more user-friendly solutions.
The agreement marks a desire of the three major players to agree to extend and implement the standards of the FIDO alliance in order to be able to identify themselves without a password on any site, service, and application that we either on Windows, Android or macOS/iOS.
Still, if Microsoft seems ahead on the subject, Apple and Google still have a long way to go to achieve authentication without passwords to all their services. And they will have to pull out all the stops to generalize authentication mechanisms without passwords in the course of the coming year.
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