The era of passwords is ending: How tech giants will ensure safe sign-ins

Microsoft, Google and Apple made a joint agreement to implement passwordless logins across mobile and desktop devices and browsers.

On May 5, the tech giants announced that they are expanding support for a password-free sign-in standard from the FIDO Alliance and the World Wide Web Consortium. This will allow users to use smartphones to sign-in to an app or website on a nearby device, regardless of the operating system or browser. 

Users will use a verification of their fingerprint, face scan or a device pin to sign-in, similar to what smartphones have today.  

The three tech giants will work to implement passwordless FIDO sign-in standards across macOS, Safari, Android, Chrome, Windows and Edge, over the next year.  

The move comes as the tech companies cited threats like phishing, scams and poor password hygiene associated with cybersecurity risks.  

According to the companies, a passwordless sign-in would make it more difficult for hackers to compromise login details remotely since signing-in requires access to a physical device.

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