Apple, Google and Microsoft commit to extensive use of passwordless login

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Let’s face it, nobody likes passwords. They’re hard to remember without access to a secure password manager, each website and app recommends a different one, and they’re not even that secure. But soon, passwords may be a thing of the past.

In a joint statement released earlier today, three of the largest tech companies in the world — Apple, Google and Microsoft — committed to working together to expand the availability of passwordless logins on all kinds of devices.

Your face and finger will soon be all you need, even on new devices

Efforts revolve around the password-free standard created by the FIDO Alliance and the World Wide Web Consortium. Apple, Google and Microsoft already support the standard on their platforms by allowing users to sign in to accounts with various biometric authentication methods such as Touch ID. But their next steps will take things to the next level. The changes, which will roll out to the companies’ platforms over the next year, mean that users can access their FIDO credentials on many devices, even new ones.

So you don’t have to worry about logging into each individual app when you open them for the first time from a secondary device or a brand new one. You can instead use Face ID or your device’s fingerprint scanner to access them from scratch!

And it doesn’t stop there. You can also use biometric authentication to sign in to websites and apps on a nearby device that doesn’t have this option. The best part? It works with any nearby device, regardless of browser or operating system.

Want to log into a website on your Windows laptop, but it doesn’t have a fingerprint scanner? No problem, just use the fingerprint scanner on your phone or Face ID on your iPad Pro to log in.

While not explicitly confirmed, these passwordless login upgrades are likely to be rolled out as part of Apple’s iOS 16 and macOS 13 and Google’s Android 13 will be released later this year. A future version of Windows 11 should also introduce the changes to Microsoft users.

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