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WebAuthn: a way to password-less login

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Remembering passwords is a task of huge risk as well as difficulty. Most of us rely on the forget password option to help us login. But what if the need for passwords ends? Like there will be security and everything just like the passwords provide but you won’t be required to remember them. Sounds good? Well, this isn’t just somewhat if, it is actually possible. WebAuthn is the something we have all been waiting for.

What is WebAuthn?

WebAuthn is basically a system that allows password-less login to websites. It was initially just an idea which the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) now backs. It has now declared Web Authentication API (WebAuthn) as a web standard.

WebAuthn allows people to login using biometrics, mobiles, or FIDO security keys. It was announced back in 2015 and is now receiving support from Apple, Google, Microsoft, Intel, IBM, Mozilla and along with these Android and Windows 10 too. the browsers Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox and Apple’s Safari have added support for WebAuthn.

Need for the change

Passwords are difficult to remember and need paring at multiple levels of authentication for its security. In an official statement, W3C and FIDO Alliance said, “it is common knowledge that passwords have outlived their efficiency. Not only are stolen, weak, or default passwords behind 81 percent of data breaches, they are a drain of time and resources.”

Passwords are not always difficult to predict if a person knows you well. There are times when we accidentally let slip our passwords and these are the times that make us regret later. The WebAuthn will close all such paths of breaching. WebAuthn is laying the foundation to a password-free web.

More about WebAuthn

Now that World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has accepted the WebAuthn, it expects a lot of Web services to jump in and accept it. The WebAuthn standard promises much better security than the passwords could ever provide.

WebAuthn is an integral and important part of the FIDO Alliance’s FIDO2 specifications. The standard aims to offer an alternative to traditional authentication processes in many ways. Its main aims being address security, convenience, privacy, and scalability.

The login process

FIDO’s login details are unique across all the websites associated with it. The user can easily use his biometrics, or physical security keys or their mobile devices to login. The standard does not allow the storage of any details of these login methods, either on the device or the server.

Also, the FIDO keys are unique for all the websites. Hence no one can keep a track of a user or his data thus guaranteeing user privacy.

Conclusion

We live in a world which is driven by technology. The key to the connection with this technological world are the passwords that a person uses. The loss of these can risk a lot more than we can imagine. The WebAuthn is a novel way of security and also guarantees the privacy of the user and the user data.

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