Nobody wants to remember passwords. That is why technology companies have set out to eradicate them forever

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Nobody likes to stop to create a strong password. Much less remember it, and even less create one for each of the websites and applications that are visited. Fortunately, it seems the future will be without passwords, or so Google says. There is a great alliance between technology companies to execute this plan, to turn the phone into the master key to access devices, websites and apps.

Apple, Google and Microsoft. They are the three great actors technology who want a future without passwords. In fact, Microsoft already allows you to log in without it. If you have a Windows PC, just use the Microsoft Authenticator app on your mobile to log in without having to enter a password. Apple and Google also have it easy, and there is a great ally to make this implementation simple.

blessed biometrics. Mobile biometrics, generally Face ID and Touch ID on iPhone, fingerprint reader in the case of Android (there are facial recognition systems, but no APIs enabled to integrate it into the system), allow access without password. Google already anticipates that, to log in to the computer, Google Chrome or any PC app, it will be enough to unlock the mobile using biometrics. Apple already allows unlocking the Mac with the Apple Watch, so it would be enough to extrapolate this functionality to the iPhone. All in alliance with FIDO.

The problem of weak passwords is of the users, the fault, of the companies

What is that FIDO. In order to make this password-free scenario secure and unified, Apple, Google and Microsoft have allied with FIDO. Fast Identity Online Alliance is a consortium of tech companies, government agencies and service providers, which has been aiming to end passwords for almost 10 years.

An authentication standard. that all the big tech are under the umbrella of the FIDO alliance guarantees the use of a standard. This standard ensures certain minimum security requirements regarding the storage of credentials, the authentication system and the implementation of these solutions on the different websites and apps.

Without passwords, but with passwords. This project, according to Google, is ready to run in 2023, and although it will free us from passwords when accessing websites, apps and PCs, does not directly imply the death of passwords. For protect a mobile biometrically, a PIN or password is required as an alternative method (in case the fingerprint or face does not work at a certain time). We save on passwords, but we don’t get rid of them.

What if my mobile is stolen? They will have to manage to unlock it, something that is not so easy in these times. In case you have to format it to access it, you are safe, since formatting loses access to your account. If they manage to force you with the access data, the matter is complicated, since your other devices could technically be accessed by doing log in From the phone.

Goodbye to ‘123456’. We needed a change in the password paradigm. The most used are still the simplest, with ‘123456’ at number one and ‘123456789’ at number two. Biometrics forces us to use a more secure, personal and non-transferable authentication method. It can be violated like any other security method, but it certainly points to a future that will make it difficult to obtain our passwords.

Nobody likes to stop to create a strong password. Much less remember it, and even less create one for each…

Nobody likes to stop to create a strong password. Much less remember it, and even less create one for each…

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