Our password-free future is near (but not really)

Industry efforts to end our reliance on the multi-character password have resulted in the proposal of numerous alternative login methods.

Published on Wired | By Alyssa Foote

Password-free logins have long been the stuff of dreams for security researchers and privacy advocates.

Now, a new standard for the web called WebAuthn is being lauded as a major step forward in secure authentication, and \"probably the most effective anti-phishing measure for the web that\'s out there,\" according to Selena Deckelmann, senior director of engineering for Mozilla Firefox. It introduces a set of rules for the web that, if adopted by popular browsers and websites, would mean people could use a single device or a single fingerprint to log into, well, almost everything.

But like the password-free attempts before it, WebAuthn still faces hurdles before it becomes something that impacts the masses. Some security and identity experts seem reluctant to claim that our password-free future has finally arrived. And a lot of WebAuthn\'s success comes down to whether hugely popular websites like Amazon or Facebook will adopt this new standard.

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