Over the years there has been some industry-wide collaboration to create sign-in technology that is more convenient and more secure with the goal to give websites and apps the ability to offer an end-to-end passwordless option.
Users will sign in through the same action that they take multiple times each day to unlock their devices, such as a simple verification of their fingerprint or face, or a device PIN. This new approach protects against phishing and sign-in will be radically more secure when compared to passwords and legacy multi-factor technologies such as one-time passcodes sent over SMS.
Apple, Google, and Microsoft have led the development of this expanded set of capabilities and are now building support into their respective platforms.
These new capabilities are expected to become available across Apple, Google, and Microsoft platforms over the course of the coming year.
FIDO CMO Andrew Shikiar said that Apple, Google, and Microsoft signing up was a significant step.
“This new capability stands to usher in a new wave of low-friction FIDO implementations alongside the ongoing and growing use of security keys — giving service providers a full range of options for deploying modern, phishing-resistant authentication.”