Google, Apple, and Microsoft have launched a collaborative push to implement passwordless sign-in on their respective networks as part of World Password Day, making the technology mainstream.
Passwordless sign-in has been in the works for a long time, claiming increased security and convenience. While there have been efforts to accelerate the adoption of the technology, Google, Apple, and Microsoft joining forces is the single biggest step forward. Furthermore, all three businesses have pledged to ensure interoperable implementations.
The FIDO Alliance is the group that is pushing for passwordless login. The World Wide Web Consortium has embraced the technical standard that the organization helped establish.
While passwords have been the standard form of security since the dawn of computing, they are prone to theft and compromise. In many circumstances, all a hacker needs is a user’s password to obtain access to the service in question. Since many people reuse passwords throughout services, just a single compromised password may open the door to numerous attacks. The consequences of a hacker gaining access to a user’s password for a password management application or service can be disastrous.
How Does it Work?
On the other hand, Passwordless sign-on essentially uses a person’s smartphone as a hardware key. The FIDO passkey will be stored on the phone and backed up online. The users will be requested to unlock their phones to sign in to a computer or website. The method of unlocking the phone allows users to access the computer or website.
Additionally, because the passkey is backed up online, even if a person loses their smartphone, they can conveniently pick up where they left off with a new one. Simultaneously, because the passkey employs modern cryptographic protocols, the transaction’s security is preserved throughout the procedure.
Users will be capable of cross-authenticating their devices and services irrespective of the platform since Google, Apple, and Microsoft collaborate to implement the FIDO standard.
“This achievement is a testament to the industry’s joint efforts to improve security and eliminate outmoded password-based verification,” said Mark Risher, Google’s Senior Director of Product Management. “For Google, it’s the culmination of nearly a decade of collaboration with FIDO as part of our ongoing innovation toward a passwordless future.” We’re excited to bring FIDO-based technology to Chrome, Chrome OS, Android, and other platforms and encourage app and website developers to use it so that people worldwide may safely avoid the risk and trouble of passwords.”