Have you heard of the FIDO Alliance? FIDO stands for Fast IDentity Online, and this “alliance” is a consortium of organizations who are committed to removing passwords from your computing and creating alternative means for identity verification. Its made of some of the top companies in the world, like Bank of America, Microsoft, Discover Financial Services, Samsung, Visa, Google and more. Recently FIDO released their 1.0 specifications for strong authentication due to the fact that weak or stolen passwords were a factor in many data breaches analyzed. Whats the alternative? Hardware tokens or even biometrics that should interface seamlessly with cloud applications or websites.
I for one am excited for our non-password future. Lets just hope hackers don’t start coming after body parts. Find out more over at the FIDO Alliance Website.