Spyware, viruses, & security forum: NEWS - April 26, 2013

by: Carol~ April 26, 2013 8:22 AM PDT

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NEWS - April 26, 2013

by Carol~ Moderator - 4/26/13 8:22 AM

Google Joins FIDO Alliance Effort to Move Beyond Passwords

Google, which gradually has been moving its users away from using passwords as their main form of authentication for Web services, has joined a young organization whose goal is to phase out passwords and replace them with various forms of strong authentication. The FIDO Alliance, formed last year, is working to make two-factor authentication the default mechanism for authentication through the establishment of an open standard for strong authentication.

Google has been working to make passwords obsolete for some time now. It has introduced two-factor authentication for its Gmail service, giving users the ability to enable an option that requires the use of a one-time code in addition to their normal password in order to sign in to their accounts. Other vendors, including Apple and Facebook, have followed suit. But none of those vendors have made two-factor authentication the default mode.

The FIDO Alliance is seeking to help make two-factor authentication a more mainstream thing through the development of an open standard for the use of various strong authentication technologies such as TPMs (trusted platform modules), hardware tokens and others.

Continued: http://threatpost.com/google-joins-fido-alliance-effort-to-move-beyond-passwords/

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