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Si Cyber Intel: Google Moves Away From Password-Based Security As Android Devices Become FIDO2 Certified
Feb2019

Si Cyber Intel: Google Moves Away From Password-Based Security As Android Devices Become FIDO2 Certified

Google has recently announced that they’ll be rolling out FIDO2 certification for all their Android 7 and above devices. This will mean that users will use biometrics, fingerprint login or PINs instead of trying to remember long-winded passwords to access apps and browsers from now on.

Fast Identity Online (FIDO) Alliance was set up in 2013 with the aim of addressing the problems that users face when having multiple passwords for different online apps and browsers. Alongside tech giants such as Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft and Intel, Google is eliminating password-based security on their devices and upgrading to FIDO2, giving users a seamless experience as they move from banking apps to browsers without having to remember multiple passwords.

The FIDO Alliance has notified web and app developers that they can now add FIDO authentication to their Android apps and websites via application programming interface (API), in order to bring password-less security against man-in-the-middle and phishing attacks to Android users.

Product manager at Google, Christiaan Brand, has said that they have been working very closely with the FIDO Alliance to regulate protocols:

“These give any application the ability to move beyond password authentication while offering protection against phishing attacks,” he said. 

“Today’s announcement of FIDO2 certification for Android helps move this initiative forward, giving our partners and developers a standardised way to access secure keystores across devices, both in market already as well as forthcoming models, in order to build convenient biometric controls for users.”

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