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Apple, Google and Microsoft: a password-free standard

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Apple, Google, and Microsoft have announced plans to expand support for the password-free standard, developed by the FIDO Alliance and the World Wide Web Consortium.

Three giants of the IT industry plan to implement password-free logging in more of their products over the coming years, leading to improved online account security.

“The complete transition to a password-free world will begin with consumers making it a natural part of their lives. Any sustainable solution must be more secure, easier, and faster than the current passwords and outdated multi-factor authentication methods. Working together as a community on different platforms, we can achieve this vision and make significant progress toward eliminating passwords.

We see a bright future for FIDO-based credentials in consumer and business scenarios and will continue to build support for all Microsoft applications and services, “said Alex Simons, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft.

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Although web browsers have improved in recent years to generate secure passwords and help users keep passwords in sync with their devices, many people still choose to use the same passwords and hope their accounts are not compromised.

With the latest announcement, companies are committed to allowing users to automatically access FIDO login credentials on their devices without re-register each account.

In addition, those who use FIDO verification to log in to applications or sites will be able to do so via nearby mobile devices, regardless of operating system or browser.

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