Microsoft and Apple, the two largest technology companies in the world, both recently announced that they would be supporting a new standard for passwordless authentication called FIDO. This is a big deal because it means that the days of passwords are numbered.
There are a number of reasons why passwords don’t work as an authentication method. They’re easy to forget, easy to lose, and easy to steal. Furthermore, they’re not very secure – even if you have a strong password, it can be cracked with enough time and computing power.
FIDO is a much more robust solution. It uses public key cryptography to authenticate users, meaning that there’s no need for a password. This makes it much more difficult for attackers to gain access to your account, and it also eliminates the need to remember or store a password.
Microsoft and Apple’s decision to support FIDO is a strong indication that the writing is on the wall for passwords. In the not-too-distant future, we’ll all be using this more secure and convenient authentication method.