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Web Authentication Standard Reaches Milestone

Web Authentication Standard Reaches Milestone

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the FIDO Alliance today jointly announced that an online authentication standard that would eliminate passwords has reached an important milestone on its way toward approval. The W3C, the standards-setting body for the Internet, said WebAuthn, an API that can be incorporated into browsers and other Web infrastructure to enable secure authentication, has reached the Candidate Recommendation stage—the last before full approval.

WebAuthn, based on a standard developed by the FIDO Alliance, enables an “external authenticator” (i.e., a person’s smartphone) to communicate credentials to any device on which they want to access the Internet. Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla have already begun supporting the WebAuthn standard in their flagship browsers and have started implementation for Windows, Mac, Linux, Chrome OS and Android platforms.

“Security on the web has long been a problem which has interfered with the many positive contributions the web makes to society. While there are many web security problems and we can’t fix them all, relying on passwords is one of the weakest links. With WebAuthn’s multi-factor solutions we are eliminating this weak link,” said W3C CEO Jeff Jaffe. “WebAuthn will change the way that people access the web.”

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