Poor World Password Day. It shares the same date as Cinco de Mayo, but because there are discounts on Margaritas all over the U.S. on May 5, Password Day gets very little love.
Despite staying under the radar, a few tech giants made a big announcement Thursday, as Apple, Google, and Microsoft said they have committed to building support for sign-ins that do not require a password all across their mobile, desktop, and browser platforms.
It could happen later this year or in 2023, when passwordless authentication will come to Android and IOS operating systems, Safari, Chrome, and Edge browsers, and the Windows and macOS desktops, according to a story in Verge.
The way it will work is that your phone will be the primary authentication device for everything. Once you unlock your phone, you will enter your web services sans a password for them.
Imagine a world where you don’t have to keep track of multiple passwords? Also, having a passwordless system makes things more difficult for hackers to wreak havoc because the only way to get into the web services is through a physical device.
If you are thinking to yourself, “I’ve heard this before, but it never happens,” this time appears to be different. The tech giants are 100% committed to having customers ditch their passwords within the next year.