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The Web Now Has an Official Password-Free Login Standard

People always love to log in to online services without having to enter the long, complex passwords they had set up. As a part of this, password-free log-in systems had become quite popular as well, Web Authentication being the most important and widely used one. Now, however, Web Authentication has become the official web standard for no-password log-in to web-based services. “The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the FIDO Alliance today announced the Web Authentication (WebAuthn) specification is now an official web standard. This advancement is a major step forward in making the web more secure— and usable—for users around the world,” read the official press release from W3C and FIDO Alliance.

This means it would become a lot easier to log into web services from a wide variety of internet-connected devices. When this standard is widely adopted, it would be easier for users to use biometric authentication methods and PIN-based entry systems instead of entering a conventional password. This would also mean that a lot of password-management services would find it hard to survive in the world of web. In supported sites, users will also be able to use USB security keys for secure log-in.

Now that there is an official standard for enabling such an easy log-in method, it’s likely that many websites would be adopting the tech. Not that websites are not using password-less logins now, but the popularity is expected to skyrocket in the upcoming months. In addition to offering convenience, Web Authentication is better when it comes to user-privacy as well as preventing digital attacks like phishing. The feature comes with system-level support for platforms like Android, Chrome OS and Windows 10. And, on top of these, popular browsers like Firefox, Chrome and Microsoft Edge would be compatible with key-less login tech. Hopefully, these development would also cause a rise in the demand for portable security keys as well.

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Jordan Hayes

Jordan is the correspondent author at Dailyhover.com. He contributed commentaries to various online podcasts for almost 10 years. He has the responsibility of covering technology and business related news especially in the field of AI, smartphones, operating systems, latest and trending gadgets. Bryan's passion for food and things culinary has served him well. he has also spent time with award-winning food critic Alan Richman, the memory which he cherishes for is life.

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