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Google Looks to Leave Passwords Behind for a Billion Android Devices


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This could replace a standard login.

Google and the Fast Identity Online (FIDO) Alliance have announced that Android is now FIDO2-certified, meaning Android device users can log in to their accounts with fingerprints and security keys instead of passwords.

Credit: James Martin/CNET

Google and the Fast Identity Online (FIDO) Alliance announced at Mobile World Congress 2019 that Android is now FIDO2-certified, meaning Android device users can log in to their accounts with fingerprints and security keys instead of passwords.

Only devices running Android 7 and up will require updates to incorporate FIDO Authentication capabilities.

This development will make security features accessible to any Android developer, enabling password-free logins on the operating system's mobile browser and apps.

Fingerprints and security keys are less prone to online theft than passwords, and the FIDO2 standard also shields against phishing attacks.

The standard checks when someone logs in to authenticate a Web page against spoofing.

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