Web Apps to soon adopt hardware key and fingerprint authentication

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In the nearest future, biometric authentication will not only be limited to just mobile apps but will also be applicable to web-based apps as well

Using a biometric login-type saves you a lot of stress, especially when it comes to remembering a long time used login details, or perhaps, in the case of imputing a long password. Some apps already have embraced biometric login, and it feels really cool and definitely seamless. I mean you don’t have to check your diary for login details before you can access some specific apps. However, nothing of such is applicable on the web-based apps, which means, if you ever decide to switch between your mobile phone and web, you still may have to face the same problem you thought to have left behind.

Now, there is a piece of good news for you all. WebAuthn (short for Web Authentication), a standard for authenticating your identity on the internet, has now been ushered in an official standard by the World Wide Web Consortium and the FIDO Alliance. That means you’ll soon be able to use hardware devices, like USB security keys and biometric scanners, to securely log into web apps and services just like you would do on your mobile phone. This also means that you can safely do away with your diaries, except for emergency cases, which are exceptional.

While the Web Authn is just rolling out, it has already gained a number of browsers’ support. The likes of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Edge. All that’s left is for websites to adopt the API, and allow users the option to log in via WebAuthn-supported hardware. I mean its a second option for two(2)-factor Authentication and it works pretty as smart as you would want; you may only want to be careful in handling it so u don’t allow other users to have access to your key.

 

A YubiKey offers additional layers of security by authenticating you with a hardware key, as well as your fingerprintYou’ll need to purchase two of them to sign up for it (one of them serves as a backup), and it’ll set you back by roughly $35-$45 for a set. These keys simply require you to plug them into your desktop’s USB port or connect to your system via Bluetooth. Some options also provide an additional layer of security by requiring you to authenticate yourself with a fingerprint.

It is believed that once the hardware key goes on a mainstream, it would reduce cyber-theft rate alongside providing an alternative to re-using old passwords with the aim making people less-prone to identity theft through data breaches of major online services, since hackers are known to try out the same username-password combination across several web apps to gain access to them. Hopefully, the majority of web-based apps will also follow Google’s path by also including the hardware key factor authentication on their platform as well.

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