Apple, Google and Microsoft are stepping up their efforts to rid us of passwords. New and improved features should arrive before the end of the year.
Authentications without password have been a reality for some time now, but it is clear that sometimes the experience is quite wobbly. Today, three of the biggest tech giants seem confident they can reduce that friction. Apple, Google and Microsoft have decided to collaborate to expand support for the passwordless authentication standard from the FIDO Alliance and the World Wide Web Consortium.
Apple, Google and Microsoft are stepping up their efforts to rid us of passwords
This will allow you to use FIDO authentication on a smartphone or tablet to log into an app or site on a nearby device, regardless of platform. Likewise, you’ll often have automatic access to your FIDO credentials without having to add every account on a given device, even on a brand new machine.
New and improved features should arrive before the end of the year
The goal here is to enable “end-to-end” passwordless authentication for apps and websites, not just at certain stages. All you need now is a biometric scan, of your face or fingerprint, or a PIN on a device, to log in every step of the way. This initiative should undoubtedly prevent many phishing attacks that try to trick you into recovering your passwords.
Apple, Google, and Microsoft all plan to bring these enhanced zero password features to their platform before the end of the year. On the other hand, you will most certainly have to wait before the updates of the various operating systems introduce these functionalities. But you’re probably only a few months away. Passwords have been in our lives for so long. We will be truly liberated when they no longer exist. Still a little (a lot?) of patience.