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Apple May Have Just Announced the End of Passwords

Albert Bassili wrote . . . . . . . . .

Apple intends to roll out passwordless access for their major devices by September, potentially bringing the era of headache-inducing passwords to a timely end.

When passwords first came into the world they were both useful and simple. With a password of just eight characters long, you could secure your account or device, and you didn’t even need to worry about special characters like exclamation marks. But as technology and time progressed, passwords started needing to be more and more complex, with the ideal password length now lying at around 15 or 16 characters.

This has ended up with passwords becoming weaker over time simply because people can’t be bothered to come up with a 15-character unique password for each thing that needs it. Thankfully, there is a solution in the form of passwordless login, a way for users to log into their account without needing a password but instead using something like Face or Touch ID through their phone. In essence, it moves the onus of login from a password on a computer to a button on a mobile device.

In fact, one of the biggest security alliances, the FIDO Alliance, has been working on this problem for the past few years, and It seems a breakthrough has finally been made. As such, many large corporations, Apple included, have committed to accelerating the availability of passwordless logins. In Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (still ongoing), Apple announced that they would be rolling out passwordless logins for their iPhones, iPads, Macs, and Apple TVs by September. That means that a passwordless future is very much on the horizon — at least for Apple users.

Once the new system rolls in, signing up on a website or service will just require Face or Touch ID authentication to create a passkey. Then, any subsequent time you wish to log on, you can use the same authentication technique rather than having to log in using a password.

Of course, even with the new system, there are still some growing pains. For example, how widespread is passwordless login going to be? Will a majority of websites support it when Apple releases it in September, or do we still have to wait several years down the road to see universal compatibility?

Either way, this is a step in the right direction for passwordless login, and as the major companies like Apple, Microsoft, and Google start implementing it, passwords may very well be a thing of the past in a couple of years.


Source : SFGATE

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