Google, Apple, Microsoft in joint plan to quit passwords

By with the passwords finally? Tech titans Google, Microsoft and Apple plan to do away with passwords and replace them with a more secure way to access accounts or devices.
The tech firms have jointly announced support for a common standard that will let people sign in by unlocking their mobile phones using fingerprint or face recognition.
The complete shift to a passwordless world, said Microsoft vice president Alex Simons, will begin with consumers making it “a natural part of their lives”.
“By working together as a community across platforms, we can at last achieve this vision and make significant progress toward eliminating passwords,” Simons noted.
Use of passwords as the only access tool has been cited as a major security setback on the internet, as users pick secret words that are weak and are easily breached by cybercriminals.

US cybersecurity and infrastructure security agency director Jen Easterly said the shift is a key development in efforts to institute built-in security best practices and help people move beyond passwords.

Using secure keys instead of passwords would certainly sound a death knell to phishing scams that trick people into disclosing log-in credentials and hackers that steal data.

Deploying parameters from the FIDO Alliance and the Word Wide Web Consortium will enable websites and device makers to build secure, passwordless options into their offerings, the groups said in a release.
Support for password-free log-ins will be woven into Android and Chrome software over the course of the coming year, said Google product manager and FIDO Alliance president Sampath Srinivas.
Apple and Microsoft announced plans to do likewise with their software.
Writing in a blog post, Srinivas said the move will simplify sign-ins across devices, websites, and applications no matter the platform – without the need for a single password.

“When you sign into a website or app on your phone, you will simply unlock your phone,” he said
Mobile phones, he added, will store a FIDO credential referred to as a “passkey” that will be used to unlock online accounts.
“To sign into a website on your computer, you’ll just need your phone nearby and you’ll simply be prompted to unlock it for access,” Srinivas noted.

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