Are Passwords On Their Way Out?

Passwords may soon be a thing of the past.

Recently, two internet standards organizations — the FIDO Alliance and W3C — created a new specification which allows web browsers and websites to support biometric encryption methods instead of passwords. The specification, WebAuthn, is an API that can be integrated on to websites, allowing fingerprint readers and face scanners to verify your identity.

If this sounds like technology from a sci-fi movie, it’s not. It’s happening now.

Firefox already works with the WebAuthn technology, while Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge are preparing to add support for WebAuthn in the next few months.

So what does this mean?

This technology could potentially create a more secure Internet. Hacks, scams and data breaches have shown that passwords aren’t enough to safeguard data.

However, passwords aren’t obsolete yet.

WebAuthn isn’t standard right now, but it creates a path for alternatives to passwords.

InfoStructure knows how important data is to every business. Whether you’re a corner coffee shop or a hospital, you have data to protect. In a time where data breaches are happening more often, you want to work with a partner like InfoStructure, who knows the best practices of voice and data services.