Future without a password: Apple, Microsoft and Google rely on the FIDO standard

The three main platform operators Apple, Microsoft and Google are based on a new extended FIDO standard.

Behind the three platforms Android, Windows and iOS/macOS hide Apple, Google and Microsoft, in fact three fierce competitors. In the case of common interests, however, cooperation is also possible, as shown by the introduction of a new expanded registration standard. This new standard, presented on the occasion of “Password Day”, was developed by the FIDO Alliance and the W3C. It is intended to completely replace passwords and provide easy and secure login to websites and apps. Instead of entering passwords or SMS codes, the user should be able to log in across all platforms: easily with a fingerprint, face scan or device PIN.

The background is that the traditional login with a password has become one of the biggest security issues on the Internet. Leaked passwords fall into the wrong hands and lead to fraud, identity theft and many problems. Two-factor authentication using one-time passcodes also has weaknesses. Passwords and 2FA systems are to be completely replaced by the new standard, with the user’s device serving as authentication – with no passwords someone could steal.

New features for FIDO

The new connection standard, the design of which hundreds of companies and service providers are cooperating with, is already supported by many modern devices and web browsers. However, it previously required a unique registration for each website or application before use and has therefore been extended to include two new functions: users can now access FIDO access data on multiple and also on new devices (which the called Multi Device FIDO Credentials), without having to re-register for each account. Users can also use their mobile device’s FIDO authentication to log in on another nearby device – for example, authenticating a login on a desktop computer using an iPhone.

FIDO access keys are stored in the cloud for this purpose, and new features from Apple, Google and Microsoft are expected to roll out over the coming year.

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