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Password-Free Web Gets Closer

Paul Rubens - March 5, 2019 - 03:10 AM
Password-Free Web Gets Closer
WebAuthn lets users log in to web sites securely without having to remember a password.

(CCM) — A website authentication standard called WebAuthn has been approved by the Word Wide Web Consortium (W3C), paving the way for the technology to replace passwords as a means for users to sign in securely to online accounts, according to an Engadget report.

WebAuthn was first announced last year, and it is already supported by web browsers including Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Safari. It is also supported at a system level in Android, Chrome OS, and Windows 10.

It enables users to log on to web sites that support the technology using a USB security key, a mobile device such as a smartphone or smartwatch, or a biometric system such as a fingerprint reader or facial recognition device.

Using WebAuthn is more secure than logging in to a website using a weak password, and since it links unique login details to each website it can reduce the risk of phishing or keystroke logging attacks, according to the report.

Some web sites including Dropbox and Microsoft already support WebAuthn, and now that it has been adopted as an official standard it is likely that many more will add support for it in the near future.

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