Apple, Google and Microsoft team up to make passwords disappear

In a joint effort, Apple, Google, and Microsoft announced Thursday, May 5, 2022, that they are committed to expanding support for passwordless sign-in across all of their mobile, desktop, and browser platforms.

The 1st Thursday of May has become a symbolic date in the computer world since it is World Password Day. On this occasion, Google, Apple and Microsoft announced a joint agreement to build a system allowing authentication without having to memorize complex character sequences. All three industry heavyweights will support the Fido open standard within the next year within their respective operating systems and browsers.

“We plan to implement passwordless support for Fido login standards in Android and Chromecomments Google. Apple and Microsoft have also announced that they will offer support for their platforms. This will simplify logins across all devices, websites and apps, regardless of platform, without the need for a single password. These capabilities will be available over the coming year.”.

This passwordless login process will allow users to choose their phone as the primary authentication device for apps, websites and other digital services. So when you log into a website or app on your phone, all you need to do is unlock your phone with your default method (PIN, draw a pattern, fingerprint unlock, or face recognition). The mobile will store a Fido ID that acts as a password that will be used to unlock your online account, and the two devices will perform a key exchange.

Same thing for connecting to a website on your computer, for example. The user will only need their phone nearby and will be prompted to unlock it to gain access. Once you’ve done this, you won’t need your phone anymore and you can log in by simply unlocking your computer. According to Google, passkeys can be easily synced to a new device from a cloud backup in case a phone is lost.

This system would also offer more security since hackers would need to access a physical object (the phone) to compromise the connection.

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