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Password Will Be Gone, Password-less Is Coming

Apple, Google, and Microsoft made a joint effort to build passwordless sign-in as a more secure alternative across major devices and platforms. It was announced on May 5, World Password Day, which falls on the first Thursday of May every year.


The passwordless sign-in standards invented by the Fido Alliance and World Wide Web Consortium have already been supported in the tech industry.

But, this time, Apple, Google, and Microsoft had the same ideas regarding the development of this expanded set of capabilities and supporting the passwordless sign-in into their respective platforms to implement a faster, easier, and more secure sign-in environment without password function, known as a passkey. 


The new sign-ins without password authentication will be implemented on mobile, desktop, all modern web browsers, and platforms such as Android and iOS, Windows, macOS desktop, Chrome, Edge, and Safari browser. It will be available over the coming year, according to the announcement.


The expanded standards-based capabilities enable people to sign in on websites and apps with a simple verification such as a fingerprint or face scan or a device PIN to unlock their device.

Without a password, the users will no longer need to memorize the password, preventing them from using the same password each time they log in. Also, a passwordless sign-in requires access to a physical device to unlock the device, making it difficult for the hackers to remotely access the account of a user.


This new approach allows people to reduce the risk of phishing and using passwords that might be easily guessable. As the expert, Grahame Williams, at the defense firm Thales, said, the passwords were becoming increasingly insecure and easily hacked.


Not only facilitating a better user experience but also the broad support of this new standard approach will help service providers to offer FIDO sign-in credentials (passkey) as an alternative sign-in or account recovery method.


The passwordless sign-in will offer service providers a full range of options to deploy modern, phishing-resistant authentication, as Andrew Shikiar said, executive director and CMO of the FIDO Alliance.


Cyber experts expressed the collaboration of the tech giants as a milestone in cyber security. Dropping passwords is good practice across the industry, according to the press release by Apple.


The commitment to build a new, more secure sign-in environment is to offer better protection and eliminate the vulnerabilities of passwords, establishing maximum security and a transparent user experience, which Kurt Knight, Apple’s Senior Director of Platform Product Marketing, started.


A passwordless world is coming shortly on your device. We will see what changes the passwordless future brings to us in our lives. You don’t have to panic when you lose your password. 

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