New Web Authentication Standards to Reduce Need for Passwords

New Web Authentication Standards to Reduce Need for Passwords

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The new web authentication specifications standards are good news for people who usually forget passwords. The latest authentication standards can enable access to devices using biometrics.

Security experts have maintained passwords and their efficacy for a long time. Those can be hacked due to data breaches, as passwords drain from the brain due to human’s forgetful nature. Web users are struggling to remember passwords since internet crime is becoming rampant. Furthermore, these attacks are occurring despite the presence of multiple security layers. These layers do not ensure safety against phishing attacks.

A recent survey by Yubico claimed that average internet user spends 11 hours for entering or reentering passwords per year. These activities are costing to US$5.2 mn to a company annually.

Two organizations such as the Fast Identity Online (FIDO) Alliance and World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) are working to eliminate security challenges. Earlier, they released the ‘WebAuthn Recommendation’ – a platform standard with stronger authentication identity of users.

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There are other platforms, which are using this type of authentication. With the recent update from October in Windows 10, Microsoft is offering these options for signing to their personal accounts.

It also explained as the user can use their biometrics expressions including fingerprints, facial scan, and security keys. The technology will have a link with encrypted login details, which is different for each website. These can lower risks of login and ensures safety from cyber-attacks by watching their keyboard use.

It will have applications across accessing bank accounts by online platform and which lowers need for several authentication layers. The shopping addicts would get the benefit, as this technology will ensure the safety of debit and credit cards.