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May 05, 2022.

Apple, Google and Microsoft say “Enough with Passw0rds! already”

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Apple, Google and Microsoft, the three main operating system providers, are launching a coordinated effort to make passwords history. They seek to “expand support for a common passwordless sign-in standard created by the FIDO Alliance and the World Wide Web Consortium.” This standard is called “multi-device FIDO credential” or just “passkey”. Instead of having you enter a long string of characters, the new system has the app or website to which you’re logging in push an authentication request to your phone. You unlock your phone, authenticate using a PIN code or a biometric identifier, and you’re on your way. This process will sound familiar to those who already use a phone-based two-factor authentication, but this replaces the password rather than adding a step. What’s more, the new FIDO system works via Bluetooth. As the white paper explains, “Bluetooth requires physical proximity, which means that we now have a phishing-resistant way to leverage the user’s phone during authentication.” This new feature should be available on the Apple, Google and Microsoft platforms in the coming year.

Ars Technica, Ron Amadeo, “Apple, Google, and Microsoft want to kill the password with “Passkey” standard.”


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