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WebAuthn wants to make the Internet password-free

By Kenny Yeo - on 7 Mar 2019, 4:17pm

WebAuthn wants to make the Internet password-free

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The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has officially accepted WebAuthn as an official web standard.

WebAuthn is a standard that aims to enable password-free logins on websites. Passwords, as it often turns out, is actually not a very secure way of protecting your account. People either use weak passwords, forget about them, or reuse them on multiple accounts.

Now that WebAuthn is an offical web standard, what this means is that users will be able to use biometrics, their mobile devices, or FIDO security keys to log in to websites that support WebAuthn.

WebAuthn is currently supported on a system level in Windows 10, Android and Chrome OS.

It is also supported by most major web browsers including Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Mozilla Firefox. Apple's Safari is currently supporting it in preview versions and will likely join this list in the near future.

In the meantime, before WebAuthn becomes mainstream, read this to learn how you can create stronger passwords.

Source: Engadget