FIDO, Apple, Google, and Microsoft jointly announce push for passwordless login technology standards
In a joint statement issued by FIDO, Apple, Google, and Microsoft, they said they would further expand the technical standards for passwordless login, allowing users to log in to network services in a more intuitive way in a more secure manner.
In the previously proposed account login method for web services, Google and Apple have proposed mechanisms to log in to various network services with their own accounts, and Microsoft has also verified login identities through text messages or calls to ensure user login security and convenience.
Password-only authentication is one of the biggest security problems on the web, and managing so many passwords is cumbersome for consumers, which often leads consumers to reuse the same ones across services. This practice can lead to costly account takeovers, data breaches, and even stolen identities. While password managers and legacy forms of two-factor authentication offer incremental improvements, there has been industry-wide collaboration to create sign-in technology that is more convenient and more secure.
Therefore, the purpose of the establishment of the FIDO Alliance is to solve the problems caused by traditional password authentication methods through technology. It allows users to link with many network services by binding Apple, Google, and other service accounts, and then use these accounts to identify service login identities. In addition, it can also be combined with biometric identification methods such as digital password (pincode), fingerprint, or face for identity verification, and even through the user’s mobile phone and other devices for identity verification, which simplifies the difficulty of logging in to many network services, and also ensures privacy and security when logging in.
Companies including Apple, Google, Microsoft, etc. continue to make efforts to simplify the login method of network services, hoping to allow users to log in to various network services in a simpler and safer way.