They Approve a New Standard Called Webauthn That Would Put an End to Passwords on the Internet

The W3C Consortium (World Wide Web Consortium) that governs the Internet destinations announced together with the FIDO Alliance (Fast Identity Online), aimed at improving the authentication and security mechanisms in the network of networks, which can be the end of passwords as we know them.

It is WebAuthn, which in English means Web Authentication, a platform for simpler and more robust authentication processes that has been brewing for years.

The novelty in this case is that now the final specifications are approved, the standard is official and can be implemented in all browsers and websites.

According to the W3C and the FIDO Alliance, WebAuthn allows the use of biometric systems such as fingerprint -Touch ID- or face -Face ID- that are given in cell phones, for example; Security keys or USB dongles (devices that connect externally to a computer) and other similar devices to access a website without the need to type an alphanumeric password.

Also, this system will be favorable to combat some cybersecurity problems that arise as a result of the stealing of passwords, leaks or access to these data through phishing techniques.

Stolen, weak or predetermined passwords are not only behind 81 percent of data breaches, they are also a waste of time and resources, the two organizations said in a press release.

So far, the main internet browsers Safari (Apple), Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge support WebAuthn. While social networks and storage services in the cloud, such as Twitter, Facebook and Dropbox also have it or will soon have support for this standard, therefore approval will further strengthen its adoption to all services.

With the approval of the standard and its adoption in the future, the identification in the network will no longer depend on a combination of letters, numbers and characters to be deciphered or of the online password managers; but of a much safer system that will benefit, among other questions, the protection of the private data of the users.

Carlos Dagorret
CTO Facultad de Ciencias Económicas

My research interests include distributed robotics, mobile computing and programmable matter.

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