Apple, Google and Microsoft to accelerate "Passwordless" logins using the FIDO Standard

Apple, Google and Microsoft today jointly announced plans to expand support for a common passwordless sign-in standard created by the FIDO Alliance and the World Wide Web Consortium

A password-less experience is about to begin, after giants like of Apple, Google and Microsoft have committed to implementing the FIDO standard to provide users a seamless login experience without requiring the use of a password.

Users will be able to sign in as easily as they unlock their devices multiple times a day, through fingerprint or face verification, or a device PIN.

While possibly not completely eliminating the original requirement of a password, this approach decouples access to a public service, requiring that the authentication mechanism be the device in the hands of the legitimate user.

This will protect users against phishing and the sign-in process will be radically more secure if compared to passwords and legacy multi-factor technologies such as one-time passcodes sent over SMS.

In addition to facilitating a better user experience, this approach will enable service providers to offer FIDO credentials without needing passwords as an alternative sign-in or account recovery method.

The FIDO Alliance Press Release