Apple joins FIDO Alliance, commits to addressing need for strong authentication

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Apple joins FIDO Alliance, commits to addressing need for strong authentication

Apple has joined the FIDO Alliance, a standards-based industry organization committed to eliminating the need for passwords.

The FIDO Alliance and its partners work together to establish authentication standards for mobile, web and desktop applications. Leveraging cryptography, security keys and biometrics, FIDO authentication is said to be more secure and user-friendly compared to passwords and SMS-based two-factor authentication.

In joining the board, Apple will work alongside Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Mozilla and others to directly influence and help drive the FIDO Alliance’s mission to reduce the world’s over-reliance on passwords. The FIDO Alliance empowers organizations to establish a more robust, secure approach to consumer and employee authentication through the development of open standards.

The FIDO Alliance was formed in July 2012 to address the lack of interoperability among strong authentication technologies, and to address the problems users face with managing multiple usernames and passwords.

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