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Apple, Google and Microsoft to allow passwordless sign-ins across all devices

All three Apple, Google and Microsoft will soon share FIDO's passkey with users so that they can log in to their web services via passwordless authentication. On the occasion of World Password Day, May 5, major tech companies including Apple, Google and Microsoft made announcements to encourage passwordless sign-ins across mobile, laptops, and browser platforms in the coming year. This new

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On the occasion of World Password Day, May 5, major tech companies including Apple, Google and Microsoft made announcements to encourage passwordless sign-ins across mobile, laptops, and browser platforms in the coming year. This new standard for passwordless authentication is created by FIDO (Fast Identity Online) and the World Wide Web Consortium. Also Read - Mother's Day 2022: Best tech gifts under Rs 5,000

The new standard aims to allow apps, and websites to offer a unified and secure way to log in from different platforms and devices including Android and iOS mobile operating systems; Chrome, Edge, and Safari browsers; and the Windows and macOS desktop environments. Also Read - Microsoft founder Bill Gates question Elon Musk’s move to buy Twitter, says he could ‘make it worse’

Apple, Google, and Microsoft commit to passwordless authentication

According to FIDO Alliance, “Password-only authentication is one of the biggest security problems on the web, and managing so many passwords is cumbersome for consumers, which often leads consumers to reuse the same ones across services. This practice can lead to costly account takeovers, data breaches, and even stolen identities.” Users will soon be able to access their FIDO sign-in credentials, or “passkeys”, across multiple devices, so that they don’t have to re-enroll all accounts. Also Read - Google Play users in Russia can no longer update or download paid apps: All you need to know

For the unversed, Apple, Google and Microsoft already support passwordless authentication, however, they still need to log in to websites and apps on each device, before enabling the passwordless feature.

Passwordless authentication: How does it work

The passwordless authentication process will let users choose the main device for apps, websites and other services. Unlocking your given main device with a password, fingerprint scanner or PIN will allow them to log in to web services without actually having to enter the password every time. A unique cryptographic token called a passkey will be shared between the device and the website that will allow all this to happen.

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User Experiences with Multi-device FIDO Credentials. Image: FIDO

Hence, you no longer have to memorise hundreds of passwords and without having to worry if it is easily hackable or not. Such passwords are easily guessable at times and are prone to data breaches and cyber-attacks.

The passwordless authentication feature of Apple, Google and Microsoft will be released later this year

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