- Aug 28, 2015
Today, Microsoft, Apple, and Google announced plans to support a common passwordless sign-in standard (known as passkeys) developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the FIDO Alliance.
Once implemented, these new Web Authentication (WebAuthn) credentials (aka FIDO credentials) will allow the three tech giants' users to log in to their accounts without using a password.
Instead of using passwords, they will have the option to opt for verifying their identity using PINs or biometric authentication (fingerprint or face).
"To sign into a website on your computer, you’ll just need your phone nearby and you’ll simply be prompted to unlock it for access," said Sampath Srinivas, Google PM Director for Secure Authentication.
"Even if you lose your phone, your passkeys will securely sync to your new phone from cloud backup, allowing you to pick up right where your old device left off."
The new capabilities should become available across leading platforms, devices, websites, and apps operated by Microsoft, Apple, and Google platforms over the coming year.