Updates to Chrome, Firefox and Edge mean the end is nigh for online passwords


The days of you having to enter a password to login to a website are coming to an end. Soon, you will have other ways to login that will help to keep your accounts more secure.

Leading web browsers, Chrome and Edge have confirmed plans to join a new industry standard that create alternatives to the standard alphanumeric passwords.

Called WebAuthn, the new standards are already supported in FireFox.

But now Google and Microsoft have confirmed they will add support for WebAuth when they roll out in new updates in the next couple weeks.

Eventually, WebAuthn will mean that users will no longer be required to enter passwords, instead adopting more secure login methods such as USB tokens or biometrics in the form of fingerprint and retina scans or facial and voice recognition.

As standards for WebAuthn are developed further, it will be much easier for developers to implement them into secure logins on their websites, which will help lead to more password free logins all over the web.

Since there is no password guaranteeing access to your account, using biometrics or a USB token makes it not only more secure but also more difficult for cyber criminals to carry out a phishing attack.

Speaking to The Verge, Selena Deckelmann, who helped to implement WebAuthn into FireFox browser said:

Previously, the work to support tokens was happening amongst big companies like Google, Microsoft and Facebook, which would implement their own drivers.

“With WebAuthn, you’ll be able to use commonly available libraries.”

“What this really enables is switching from using passwords to using a device, and getting to a world where it’s impossible to phish users,” she added.

“Now we’re not there yet. It’s our glorious future. But that’s the path we all want to be on.”


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