Google joins FIDO’s crusade to replace passwords

An posting From Cnet in there Security and privacy sections about Google joins FIDO’s crusade to replace passwords: In the face of rampant weak password selection, group aims to replace passwords for identity authentication when logging into Web sites and online accounts. A group of tech companies looking to replace passwords for online identity authentication gained a powerful ally Tuesday in the form of Google.

The consortium, called the Fast IDentity Online Alliance (FIDO), is working to develop standards-based alternatives for verifying a user’s identity when trying to login to Web sites and online accounts. Formed in 2012, the group proposes specifications that will support a variety of authentication technologies, including biometrics such as fingerprint scanners and voice and facial recognition, as well as security tokens, near field communication, and one-time passwords.

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