Apple, Google, Microsoft Back ‘FIDO’ Tech to Dump Passwords on Websites and Apps

Apple, Google, Microsoft Back ‘FIDO’ Tech to Dump Passwords on Websites and Apps

What’s up

Three of the biggest tech companies say they will adopt features that support password-free logins for websites and apps.

Why it matters

Many people have historically relied on easily hacked passwords, leading to potentially catastrophic risks to their personal information.

What it means to you

Eventually, regular people may be able to dump passwords together.

If Apple, Google and Microsoft have their way, we’ll soon be thinking of passwords as one bygone relic of the 20th century.

The FIDO Alliance — FIDO is short for “fast online identity” — said Thursday it is working with the three companies to begin offering passwordless technology to websites and apps. Instead of using unreliable password logins, apps and websites can identify who you are with a fingerprint reader, face scanner or even your phone.

“Working with the industry to establish new, more secure login methods that offer better protection and eliminate the vulnerabilities of passwords is central to our commitment to building products that offer maximum security and a transparent user experience – all with the goal of keeping users’ personal information safe ,” Kurt Knight, Apple’s senior director of platform product marketing, said in a statement.


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Similarly, Microsoft’s executive vice president of identity program management, Alex Simons, said that any viable product must be more secure, simpler and faster than what we use today. “The complete shift to a passwordless world will begin with consumers making it a natural part of their lives,” he said in a statement.

Google also said it is excited for the day “the world can safely move away from the risk and hassle of passwords.”

The announcement by the technology companies and FIDO underscores the industry’s efforts to combat the seemingly never-ending onslaught of hacking attacks that lead to the theft of people’s personal information, financial fraud and security breaches at companies and authorities around the Earth.

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Many experts agree that people’s tendency to use easily hackable passwords, and to use the same ones across many websites and apps, is one of the most important problems to address. To do that, some people have turned to password managers, which stores randomized passwords behind a central app running on their phone or computer. Many apps, websites and businesses now use it too two-factor authenticationwhich often sends an additional password via phone or in an app, so that the person can enter it in a short time.

FIDO hopes to streamline all of these efforts into a technology standard that apps, websites, and device manufacturers can all trust and rely on. The announcement, made in conjunction with World Password Day – meant to encourage people to do a better job secure their accounts — highlights how FIDO technology will hopefully become easier to use.

While FIDO is already used by hundreds of device manufacturers and service providers, the alliance said making the technology interoperable with more websites and apps would make it more appealing.

FIDO said it expects the new features announced Thursday to arrive on devices powered by software from Apple, Google and Microsoft within the next year. We’ll likely hear more over the next month, where all three companies typically hold their annual developer conferences to discuss new features they plan to offer.

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