World Password Day: Microsoft, Google, and Apple Consider Ditching Passwords
World Password Day: Microsoft, Google, and Apple Consider Ditching Passwords
Joel Rollins

World Password Day: Microsoft, Google, and Apple Consider Ditching Passwords

May 5, 2022 was World Password Day. In celebration, Microsoft commemorated the day by helping people move away from passwords altogether. The company announced support for the expansion of a password-less standard created by the FIDO Alliance and the World Wide Web consortium. Apple and Google also announced support for the standard, which is a major step forward toward a password-less future.

Passwords can be stolen or phished out by attackers. Microsoft argues that it's more secure to use multi-device FIDO credentials. These are also referred to as passkeys and allow people and organizations to shift away from insecure passwords.

The idea is that people will be able to verify their identity by logging into a physical device, such as a smartphone. This could be done with a fingerprint, face unlock, or a PIN and used to log in to websites and services, all without requiring a password.

Microsoft highlighted in a Tech Community post that biometric information never leaves a device. "Passkeys are a safer, faster, easier replacement for your password. With passkeys, you can sign into any supported website or application by simply verifying your face, fingerprint or using a device PIN," added the company.

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