WebAuthn, a new authentication standard that aims to replace the password as a way of securing your online accounts

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The overwhelming password problem

On an Average age Each user has 118 to 130 online Accounts Managing l30online accounts is not something our brains are wired to do, which is why we’re constantly forgetting our login details and asking companies to send us our passwords.

The average user had to reset a forgotten password for at least 50% of  accounts.

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Forgetting and resetting of passwords adds up to hours of time wasted and a great deal of frustration.

The Solution

World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) approved WebAuthn, a new authentication standard that aims to replace the password as a way of securing your online accounts. First announced last year, WebAuthn (which stands for Web Authentication) is already supported by most browsers, including Chrome Firefox Edge &Safari  . Its publication as an official web standard should pave the way for wider adoption by individual websites.

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At its core, WebAuthn is an API that allows websites to communicate with a security device to let a user log into their service.

It can range from a FIDO security key that you simply plug into a USB port on your computer to a more complex biometric device that allows for an additional level of verification. The important thing is that WebAuthn is more secure than the weak passwords people end up using for most websites, and it’s simpler than having to remember a string of characters in the first place.

Now that the standard has been approved by the W3C, the next step is for websites to integrate the standard.. The password isn’t on its way to extinction  just yet, but after today’s announcement, WebAuthn is one step closer to being a viable alternative.

 

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