Apple, Google and Microsoft are teaming up for password-free sign-ins

Username and password are both a common and traditional approach for logging in or verifying who you are on digital services and platforms of various kinds. Although the task of the password is to keep out unauthorized persons, it is not necessarily a particularly secure method. Passwords that are misplaced, too simple or reused can result in major problems for both individuals and companies.

Now Apple, Google and Microsoft announce that they have chosen to join forces to leave the shortcomings of the written password behind. The three technology giants will all invest in a common standard for password-free logins and integrate it into their respective platforms. The default set for this is FIDO Credentials, which was developed by the FIDO Alliance in collaboration with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

Users will sign in through the same action that they take multiple times each day to unlock their devices, such as a simple verification of their fingerprint or face, or a device PIN. This new approach protects against phishing and sign-in will be radically more secure when compared to passwords and legacy multi-factor technologies such as one-time passcodes sent over SMS. – FIDO Alliance

Instead of passwords, users should be able to handle all login through a specific device, for example a mobile phone, even if the login takes place on another device or platform. The verification itself can be done through the phone’s feature for face recognition, fingerprint reading or local PIN code.

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Google mentions, among other things, that they plan to integrate it in Android, Chrome OS and the Chrome browser. The features are also expected to arrive on Apple and Microsoft platforms next year, which is likely to include Windows, iOS and Mac OS.

Can you imagine exchanging regular passwords for using your phone for authentication?


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