Three giant technology companies announced a joint effort to dispense with passwords on various platforms by next year, and it comes to Google, Microsoft and Apple, according to The Verge website, Thursday, May 5, 2022.
The site indicated that the announcement of the three companies came on the moment of World Password Day, bringing the world a step closer to making passwords a part of the past.
He also explained that the login process without passwords will allow users to choose their phone as the main authentication device for applications, websites and other digital services, as Google explained in a post on its blog Thursday.
Unlocking the phone with anything set as default, such as entering a PIN, drawing a sample, or using a fingerprint, will be enough to log into web services without having to enter a password at all.
This will all be done through the use of a unique token called a ‘passkey’, which is shared between the phone and the website.
According to the site, the move aims to simplify operations for users, and ensure that they are more secure by making logins conditional on a real device.
And dispensing with a password means that users don’t have to remember login details through the Services or put their security at risk by reusing the same password in multiple places.
Also, a system without a password would make it more difficult for hackers to hack the login details remotely, because the login requires access to a real physical device.
In theory too, scammer attacks in which users are directed to a fake website to receive passwords, would be much more difficult.
The upcoming release will include Android, iOS, Chrome, Safari, Edge, Windows and Mac browsers.
The three companies said they expect the new login mechanism to be available across platforms next year, without specifying a particular launch date.