It will soon be possible for enterprise workers, partners and customers to casually access web-based sites and services using biometric ID, with Apple set to enable Face ID and Touch ID authentication in Safari, the company told WWDC 2020.

Toughen up, just toughen up

This is important because the scourge of online crime is not abating, and traditional passcode-based protection has proved itself insufficient.

As we move into a world of quantum computing, breaking password-protection will only get easier, which is why biometric protection adds another layer of access control. We need to toughen up every level of security.

(Location-based protection is also coming into view, as are always-on automated security systems that constantly monitor for anomalous use and sketchy requests).

Apple, Google, Microsoft and everyone else have seen this coming, which is why they’ve worked together on the FIDO Alliance, a group which develops secure authentication systems such as USB and NFC security keys.

The Alliance’s main goal is to reduce reliance on passwords. At this point, over two billion devices (from Apple and others) support FIDO technology.

Copyright © 2020 IDG Communications, Inc.



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