If you go anywhere at all near tech – and you must, as you’re reading this – you’ll know that passwords are a necessity. But still some people go dumb with them.

It’s mind-boggling how many times we’ve heard of people using old chestnuts like ‘ABC123″, “12345”, their name or even, amazingly, ‘password”, thumbing their noses at any hope of keeping what’s password protected actually protected if a breach is attempted.

Well aware of this, the triumverate of Apple, Google and Microsoft are getting on baord with a new security standard, which is known as FIDO (Fast IDentity Online). Promoted by the FIDO Alliance and the World Wide Web Consortium, its goal is to provide a simpler solution to online security, while going above and beyond current password systems, and even password manager apps.

“That’s some serious backing for FIDO there…”

FIDO will generate passwords for whatever users need to log into, leaving them simply to create either a unique PIN or some form of biometric key such as a fingerprint or face scan in order to log in – or just use the same one that they’re currently using to access a device such as a phone for everything. Obviously that still leaves it open to a lack of security if your PIN isn’t up to snuff, but in all it’s a good plan for keeping people more protected.

That doesn’t necessarily sound that much more secure than current systems, with extra layers such as 2FA, or two factor authentication widely available. However, FIDO aims to simplify the setup of new devices by using their FIDO sign-in credentials on a mobile to log into other devices, so no potentially hackable – or easily guessed – password would need to be entered to kick off the process.

That’s some serious backing for FIDO there, so it must be a sound concept. The three tech giants claim in a joint press release that they’re set to commence rollout of FIDO over “the coming year”.

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