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Android Is Helping Kill Passwords on a Billion Devices

Monday February 25, 2019. 03:41 PM , from Slashdot
The FIDO Alliance -- a consortium that develops open source authentication standards -- has been pushing to expand its secure login protocols to make seamless logins a reality for several years. Today, it has hit the jackpot: Google. From a report: On Monday, Google and the FIDO Alliance announced that Android has added certified support for the FIDO2 standard, meaning that the vast majority of devices running Android 7 or later will now be able to handle password-less logins in mobile browsers like Chrome. Android already offered secure FIDO login options for mobile apps, where you authenticate using a phone's fingerprint scanner or with a hardware dongle like a YubiKey. But FIDO2 support will make it possible to use these easy authentication steps for web services in a mobile browser instead of laboriously typing in your password every time you want to log in. Web developers can now design their sites to interact with Android's FIDO2 management infrastructure.

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