Microsoft Joins FIDO Alliance, Aims To Get Rid Of Passwords
Launched last year FIDO, which stands for Fast IDentity Online, is a relatively young group, but it’s grabbing headlines by signing up big companies, including Google. FIDO is meant to establish a universally-used protocol that handles the exchange between a website and the user’s client device. The idea is that a non-proprietary protocol opens users to whatever authorization tools they like, whether that’s fingerprint, retina scan, voice, or an old-school pin.
FIDO's crypto protocol is meant to support whatever device and authentication method you prefer to use. Image credit: FIDO
"Microsoft has a track record of unwavering commitment to security and significant contributions to open standards organizations. Joining the FIDO Alliance board of directors is a logical step for us as a way to serve our customers and the community,” said David Treadwell, Microsoft Corporate Vice President in a statement.
By the way, if you’re more the “One Password to Rule Them All” type or are completely cool with using “password” as your login, let us lovingly smack you with some recent disturbing stats that were revealed with the discovery of the Pony botnet.