On World Password Day – May 5th – three big tech companies pledged to eliminate passwords altogether. Google, Apple and Microsoft have come together in support for a passwordless era. Where you no longer have to enter passwords on your mobile, desktop and browser devices.
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In other words, all three companies are working towards bringing passwordless authentication to all major device platforms like Android, iOS, Windows, ChromeOS, Chrome browser, Edge, Safari, and macOS.
Apple, Google and Microsoft are working towards bringing a passwordless era.
Companies will allow login to their services through passkeys instead of passwords.
Passwordless services are expected to be available to all by next year.
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“As we design our products to be intuitive and efficient, we also design them to be private and secure,” said Kurt Knight, Apple Senior Director. Sampath Srinivas, President of Google’s FIDO Alliance said in a blog post, “Passkey will bring us much closer to the passwordless future we’ve been investigating for over a decade.” Vasu Jakkal, Microsoft’s corporate vice president, wrote in a post, “Microsoft, Apple and Google announced plans to expand support for a common passwordless sign-in standard.”
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Signing in to your online account will be as easy as unlocking your phone without a password. Which is being made collectively by three technology companies. For example, you can either set a password, PIN or pattern to unlock your phone and use it every time you want to unlock your device. Similar process will be enough to login you to your online account. You will not be required to enter a password.
Since signing in to websites and apps will require authentication from a physical device, users will benefit in two ways. First, they won’t need to remember the password for each service. And even if someone is good at remembering passwords, they may be using the same password for more than one account. A passwordless system makes it more difficult for hackers to enter someone’s account by compromising login details.
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Passwordless authentication system will be rolled out next year for all users of Apple, Google and Microsoft. They’ll be able to use apps like Google Authenticator and Microsoft Authenticator to sign in to any account, be it Gmail or Outlook.