Apple, Google and Microsoft team up for passwordless login

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In rare alliance showcase, Apple, Google and Microsoft join forces to expand support login without password on mobile devices, computers and browsers.

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Passwords are notoriously weak, with weak and easy-to-guess credentials accounting for over 80% of all passwords. data leakAccording to Verizon’s annual data breach report. Till password managers and multifactor technologies offer additional improvements, Apple, Google and Microsoft are working together to create a more convenient and secure sign-in experience.

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Technology giants announced on Thursday that they are expanding support for the passwordless login standard from FIDO Alliance and the World Wide Web Consortium, which means you will soon be able to use your smartphone to log into an app or website on a nearby device, regardless of the operating system or browser you are using. . You will use the same action that you take multiple times a day to unlock your smartphone, such as fingerprint verification, face scan, or device PIN.

Users will also be able to automatically access their FiDO login credentials or “passkeys” across multiple devices, including new ones, without having to re-register each account.

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While these three companies have long supported the passwordless login standard created by FIDO Alliance, users are still forced to sign in to every website or app on every device before they can use the passwordless feature. Over the next year, the three tech giants will roll out passwordless FIDO login standards for macOS and Safari; Android and Chrome; and Windows and Edge. This means that, for example, users will be able to sign in to the Google Chrome browser running Microsoft Windows with a password on an Apple device.

This will make it more difficult for hackers to remotely hack login credentials, since login requires access to a physical device.

“Working with the industry to create new, more secure login methods that provide better security and address password vulnerabilities is central to our commitment to building products that offer maximum security and a transparent user experience – all with the goal of user retention. “Personal information security,” Kurt Knight, Apple’s senior director of platform product marketing, said in a press release.

This new collective commitment was praised by Jen Easterly, director of the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), who called it “the type of progressive thinking that will ultimately keep the American people safe online.”

“At CISA, we are working to improve the basic level of cybersecurity for all Americans,” Easterly added. “Today marks a significant milestone in the security journey as it encourages built-in security best practices and helps us move beyond passwords. Cyber ​​is a team sport and we are excited to continue our collaboration.”

Although the password has survived many attempts to kill them for good so far, this may be one of the final nails in the password box.


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