The more accounts you have across different platforms the more you need to be creative while assigning a password. Legit we could have signed up on 50 websites which means 50 different passwords. Most of the time, we set the word ‘password’ as our password thinking that we have beat the hackers. No one could have ever thought of such an innovative password. Oh, how could be someone so smart? And in a fit of outsmarting the hackers again, we set ‘password 1’ as our next password. Genius! isn’t it? But it is an undeniable fact that remembering all the passwords literally has consumed half of our brain the other half is dead but still… it’s a hassle. To not let the other half of our brain, rot away Apple, Google, and Microsoft are going to introduce Password less sign-in.
What does password less sign-in means?
Password less sign-in means you won’t have to be innovative each time you sign up for something. This also saves you from remembering all the passwords. Sorry hackers first we outsmarted you guys and now it’s the three major giants i.e., Apple, Google, and Microsoft have banded up against you. It might feel like the whole world is trying to put you down but honestly, this is in fact the actual case here.
Apple, Google, and Microsoft to introduce Password less sign-in
The plan for the coming year has been set. Apple, Google, and Microsoft have decided to bring in a new technology. This will make the use of passwords obscure across all websites, mobiles, and mobiles.
The Senior Director of platform product marketing at Apple, Kurt Knight said “Just as we design our products to be intuitive and capable, we also design them to be private and secure.”
He further added that “Working with the industry to establish new, more secure sign-in 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.”
This will enable the users to choose their own mobile or any digital device, or platform as an authentication device. A cryptographic token called the passkey would just require the users to unlock their phones through set default action either password, pattern, or pin. This would automatically log you in to other accounts without asking for a password.
After draining half of our energy finally someone put a thought to it. And eased up things a bit for us. Microsoft’s vice president for security, compliance, identity, and privacy Vasu Jakkal, said “With passkeys on your mobile device, you’re able to sign in to an app or service on nearly any device, regardless of the platform or browser the device is running.” Moreover, he added, “For example, users can sign in on a Google Chrome browser that’s running on Microsoft Windows—using a passkey on an Apple device.”
What is FIDO?
All this is being made possible through the use of FIDO (Fast ID Online) technology which works on the cryptography public key principle to guarantee authentication and multi-factor without password. Each phone will have a special FIDO-compliant passkey which will be shared for authentication with the website only when the user unlocks his/ her phone.
It is noted that “This extended FIDO support being announced today will make it possible for websites to implement, for the first time, an end-to-end password less experience with phishing-resistant security. This includes both the first sign-in to a website and repeat logins. When passkey support becomes available across the industry in 2022 and 2023.”
One step forward toward the age where the password will become an alien concept for all of us. This is how fast the tech world is progressing.