Apple, Google and Microsoft want to expand a passwordless login standard through the FIDO alliance and the W3C. All the details here.
If you find fiddling with multiple passwords on multiple websites annoying, you’ll be glad to know that the three tech giants of the universe are working to make your life easier. Apple, Google and Microsoft, on World Password Day, decided to expand support for the passwordless login standard created by the FIDO Alliance and the World Wide Web Consortium ( W3C). The idea behind it is to create a faster, simpler and more secure login process than existing ones.
It will be like logging into your payment apps. For example, when you use Google Pay, your iPhone signs you in using the Face ID verification system, or your Android phone forces you to use the fingerprint reader for the same. The expanded support will now give websites and apps the ability to offer an end-to-end passwordless login option.
Passwordless login for all websites
Therefore, in the future, you can use your phone’s biometric verification system to log in to other apps and websites on the web. That way, there would be no need to rely on a password, or even current two-factor authentication standards, both of which can be easily hacked, as several cybercrime reports show.
Note that Apple, Google and Microsoft already support the standard on their main platforms. Now, however, with extended support, the same can be used for all websites and apps.
Here’s what the ad said:
1. Allow users to automatically access their FIDO login credentials (some call them a “passkey”) on many of their devices, even new ones, without having to re-enroll each account.
2. Allow users to use FIDO authentication on their mobile device to log in to an app or website on a nearby device, regardless of operating system platform or browser they execute.
Expanded support could arrive later this year, according to announcements. With Apple’s WWDC22 and Google’s I/O event on the cards, we expect to see an announcement in this regard. Perhaps Apple could announce support for the same in iOS 16 and Google could do the same for Android 13, the latter of which is already available in beta.