Google, Apple, and Microsoft accounts will now be able to log in without a password, the new update is coming
On the occasion of World Password Day, May 5, major tech companies including Apple, Google, and Microsoft have announced to encourage passwordless sign-in across mobile, laptop, and browser platforms in the coming year.
On the occasion of World Password Day, May 5, major tech companies including Apple, Google, and Microsoft have announced to encourage passwordless sign-in across mobile, laptop, 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. The new standard aims to provide a unified and secure way for apps and websites to log in from a variety of platforms and devices, including the Android and iOS mobile operating systems; Chrome, Edge, and Safari browsers; and Windows and macOS desktop environments.
According to the FIDO Alliance, “Password-only authentication is one of the biggest security problems on the web, and managing so many passwords is cumbersome for consumers, often leading consumers to reuse the same password across services. does. This practice can lead to costly account acquisition, data breaches, and even identity theft. Users will soon be able to access their FIDO sign-in credentials, or “passkeys,” across multiple devices so they don’t have to re-enroll all accounts.
For the unversed, Apple, Google, and Microsoft already support passwordless authentication, however, they still need to log into websites and apps on each device before the passwordless feature can be enabled.
Passwordless authentication: How it works The passwordless authentication process will let users choose the main device for apps, websites, and other services. Unlocking your provided main device with a password, fingerprint scanner or PIN will allow them to log into web services without having to enter a password each time. A unique cryptographic token called a passkey will be shared between the device and the website which will allow all this to happen.
User Experience with Multi-Device FIDO Credentials. Image: FIDO
So, you no longer need to remember hundreds of passwords without worrying about whether it is easily hackable or not. Such passwords are at times easily guessable and prone to data breaches and cyber-attacks.
Apple, Google, and Microsoft’s passwordless authentication feature will be released later this year.