Face ID login on iPhone for Facebook, Twitter, shopping websites? Apple to bring PASSWORD-LESS login for all

    Apple, Google and Microsoft want to expand a password-less sign-in standard by FIDO alliance and W3C. All details here.
    By: HT TECH
    | Updated on: May 06 2022, 10:50 AM IST
    Password-less sin-in for websites and apps to be expanded by Apple, Google and Microsoft.
    Password-less sin-in for websites and apps to be expanded by Apple, Google and Microsoft. (REUTERS)
    Password-less sin-in for websites and apps to be expanded by Apple, Google and Microsoft.
    Password-less sin-in for websites and apps to be expanded by Apple, Google and Microsoft. (REUTERS)

    If you find fiddling with multiple passwords on multiple websites annoying, you will be happy to know that the three tech giants of the universe are working to make your life easier. Apple, Google and Microsoft on the occasion of the World Password Day have decided to expand support for password-less sign-in standard created by the FIDO Alliance and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). The idea behind this is to create a login process that is faster, easier and more secure than the existing ones.

    It will be just like how you login to your payment apps. For example, when you use Google Pay, your iPhone logs you in by using the Face ID verification system, or your Android phone requires you to use the fingerprint scanner for the same. The expanded support will now give websites and apps the ability to offer an end-to-end password-less sign-in option.

    Password-less sign-in for all websites

    Hence, in the future, you will be able to use your phone's biometric verification system to login to other apps and websites on the web. This way, there would be no need to rely on a password, or even the current two-factor authentication standards – both of which can ben easily hacked as seen in several cybercrime reports.

    Know that Apple, Google and Microsoft already support the standard on their major platforms. Now though, with the expanded support, the same can be availed for all websites and apps.

    This is what the announcement said:

    1. Allow users to automatically access their FIDO sign-in credentials (referred to by some as a "passkey") on many of their devices, even new ones, without having to re-enroll every account.

    2. Enable users to use FIDO authentication on their mobile device to sign in to an app or website on a nearby device, regardless of the OS platform or browser they are running.

    The expanded support could be coming over the year, said the announcements. With Apple's WWDC22 and Google's I/O event on the cards, we expect to see some announcement on this regard. Maybe Apple could announce support for the same in iOS 16 and Google could do the same for Android 13, the latter being already available in beta testing.

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    First Published Date: 06 May, 09:21 AM IST
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