The Internet Take Strides to Be Password Free
The World Wide Web Consortium approved WebAuthn on 6th March 2016, a new form of authentication process that will replace the method of ‘pass wording’ as a way of securing your online accounts.
WebAuthn (Web Authentication) is already supported by most browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Safari. Its publication as an official web standard should pave the way for wider adoption by individual websites. The announcement to this effect initially arrived last year, when WebAuthn was being fleshed out as a solution for a password free internet.
At its core, WebAuthn is an API that allows websites to communicate with a security device to let a user log into their service. This security device can range from a FIDO security key that you simply plug into a USB port on your computer to a more complex biometric device that allows for an additional level of verification. The important thing is that WebAuthn is more secure than the weak passwords people end up using for most websites, and it’s simpler than having to remember a string of characters in the first place.
News Source: theverge