FIDO Alliance to let users log into websites without passwords

FIDO Alliance to let users log into websites without passwords

From Spotify SPOT to Gmail to TikTok to your computer, passwords are everywhere. They have to have a certain amount of characters, have numbers and letters and special symbols, and should not match your passwords for other sites. If you follow all the right cybersecurity rules, you're also changing your password every few months.

There is multi-factor authentication - those apps that send you an alert or text after you sign into account to make sure you are who you say you are.

Even if you follow all of the steps to stay safe online, your password can be hacked, exposing your personal information to hackers and cybercriminals.

A solution to the password problem will let you log into your app and browser-based services without a password. You're able to kill a chunk of your password for good.

Microsoft MSFT, Google GOOG, GOOGL and Apple AAPL said earlier this month they would soon adopt the standard to work across apps and websites, meaning you can log into a website in Chrome from your Windows PC using your iPhone.

You can register your identity using your smartphone's facial recognition, fingerprint ID, or passcode. Some companies already offer passwordless sign-in options, which may sound a little out there. In fact, I use a similar feature with my Microsoft account, which requires me to enter my username and then authenticate my identity via the company's own Authenticator app.

The FIDO Alliance's technology is intended to eliminate the need for disparate authenticator apps, and instead let you log into apps and websites using just your phone's secure lock.

Apple, Google, and Microsoft haven't offered any specifics on when they'll start offering the technology, but hopefully we won't have to wait too long for the feature to land.

We might be able to say goodbye to passwords for good.

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