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.
All the three tech giants recognise the tedious nature of setting up passwords, and for people to remember them, which forces many to reuse their existing passwords. “This practice can lead to costly account takeovers, data breaches, and even stolen identities,” it adds. Many would suggest that password managers are a strong alternative to such practices, but the new-age standards being discussed takes the whole mechanism to a different level, which the companies believe will be more convenient and secure. Apple, Google and Microsoft claim to have worked in the development of this feature, and now bringing its compatibility to their platforms and services.
“Working with the industry to establish new, more secure sign-in methods that offer better protection and eliminate the vulnerabilities of passwords is central to our commitment to building products that offer maximum security and a transparent user experience — all with the goal of keeping users’ personal information safe,” said Kurt Knight, Apple’s senior director of platform product marketing, in a press release.
The FIDO login basically allows users to use their smartphone as the one-stop login medium for all digital accounts. So, in the near future, you will be able to sign in to your Gmail or Outlook account using your phone’s 4/6-digit passcode, finger ID or face ID. Passwords will become a thing of the past. FIDO is at the helm of the new standard, and it is using public-key cryptography to make the logins passwordless and secure through devices.
Apple, Google and Microsoft have already started working behind the scenes to integrate the passwordless mechanism for their services, and it is expected to be rolled out for the end-user in a year or two. Other platforms like Facebook, Twitter and more should also join in to make the system work seamlessly for users.