FIDO Pursues Vision of a Password-Free World

A group of some 150 companies last week moved closer to eliminating the bane of many an online user: the password.

The FIDO Alliance, which counts among its members Microsoft, PayPal, Google, Bank of America, Visa and MasterCard, released version 1.0 of its open specifications for strong authentication on the Internet without the use of passwords.

Release of the specifications — Universal Authentication Framework (UAF) and Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) — opens the door for those who want to authenticate their users securely without the use of usernames and passwords.

A new standard is established by the specs for devices, servers and client software — including browsers, browser plugins and native app subsystems.

Websites and cloud services can use the specs to interface with FIDO-enabled authenticators such as biometric devices and hardware tokens.

“Today, we celebrate an achievement that will define the point at which the old world order of passwords and PINs started to wither and die,” FIDO Alliance President Michael Barrett said.

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