On Monday, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) approved WebAuthn as an alternative to secure a user’s online account. It is a new authentication standard which intends to replace passwords, widely used to protect online accounts. According to W3C and FIDO Alliance WebAuthn is an abbreviation for Web Authentication. It is a type of protocol designed for browsers and platform that allows easier and powerful authentication process. Web Authentication is a previously existing standard for no-password web sign-ins, and many companies are already using the service. But now WebAuthn is an official one. It gained certification from W3C and the FIDO Alliance for the format of web authentication.
Now it is the proficient option for which will offer a highly secure login process. It will be easy for the user to directly login instead of typing credentials. A site requires to support the web authentication protocol to offer this comfortable service. If a website already supports it the user can use options like biometrics or USB security keys for logging in. They can also use nearby mobile devices like smartphones and smartwatches to unlock their account. Browsers like, Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Microsoft Edge already supports WebAuthn. The technology used in standard ties unique encryption login details to each site, it eliminates the risk of cyber attacks. Hackers user various techniques like phishing and keystroke logging to keep an eye on the user’s input.
The method basically is an API that enables a communication link between the website and security device. By using the link, it verifies a user and allows him/her to log into their service. WebAuthn is already supported on a system level in Windows 10 and Android. But it is difficult to convince other sites to use this technique. As there are millions of websites on the web, and not all of them will be eager to throw away passwords. In fact, every webpage may not adopt the technique.
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