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Apple, Google, Microsoft Want to Kill the Password with 'Passkey' Standard


Companies have been trying to go "passwordless" for years, but getting there has been tough.

Credit: bigideatech.com

Members of the FIDO (Fast Identity Online) Alliance announced in a blog post on “World Password Day” (the first Thursday in May) that Apple, Google, and Microsoft are launching a "joint effort" to "expand support for a common password-less sign-in standard created by the FIDO Alliance and the World Wide Web Consortium."

The multi-device FIDO credential or passkey would have applications or websites validate the user's login by pushing authentication requests to their phone; the user would unlock the phone, and authenticate with a personal identification number or biometric.

The new scheme operates over Bluetooth, which the FIDO Alliance said is needed "to verify physical proximity."

The Alliance said it expects these capabilities to be available across Apple, Google, and Microsoft platforms “over the course of the coming year."

From Ars Technica
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