In a joint effort to make the web more secure and usable for all,
Apple, Google, and Microsoft today announced plans to expand
support for a common passwordless sign-in standard created by the
FIDO Alliance and the World Wide Web Consortium. The new
capability will allow websites and apps to offer consistent,
secure, and easy passwordless sign-ins to consumers across devices
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.
There are few areas in the intersection of things Apple, Google, and Microsoft can agree upon, but moving beyond passwords, clearly, is one of them.