Good news for security bugs (and us the rest): WebAuthn (an abbreviation for Web Authentication), a standard for identifying you on the Internet, has now been launched as an official standard by the World Wide Web Consortium and the FIDO Alliance . This means that you will soon be able to use hardware devices such as USB security keys and biometric scanners to securely connect to web applications and services.
It also means that you will not need to remember the passwords to access your accounts (although you should already be using a password manager to help you with it).
WebAuthn is already supported by popular browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Edge. The only thing left is for sites to adopt the API and allow users to choose to connect via hardware supported by WebAuthn.
It is worth noting that Google already offers a similar option to connect to its services using a hardware key. you will need to buy two of them to sign up (one of them serves as backup), and guide you around $ 35- $ 45 for one set. These keys simply require you to connect them to your desktop USB port or connect to your system via Bluetooth. Some options also provide an additional level of security, requiring you to authenticate yourself by fingerprinting.
Once this authentication system has been completed through secure hardware, people will have far less reasons to reuse their old codes. This will make them less prone to identity theft through data breaches of major e-services, as hackers are known to test the same user-password combination in many web applications to access them.
Hopefully we will see our favorite services adopt WebAuthn correctly and hardware keys become wider and more affordable so we can stop worrying about passwords and violations.
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