The FIDO Alliance and W3C have come together and reached a milestone in browser security with the recently launched Web Authentication standard. Doing away with passwords has been a goal for tech companies for some time now and this new authentication method manages to accomplish this. The Web Authentication standard would allow users to securely log into browsers without the need for alpha-numeric passwords and would instead utilize a computers fingerprint scanner, camera or by inserting a security key.
The FIDO Alliance and W3C Web Authentication standard is currently functional on Mozilla's Firefox browser, and Google, Microsoft and Opera have all committed to supporting the tech in their browsers. This new form of authentication focuses on two points password implementation. The first focus is on convenience as the use of biometric security, or use of a key is much easier to deploy. The second focus is on security itself as the Web Authentication standard uses practices that are much more unique and would make it significantly harder for a browser account to be compromised.
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