Android is helping kill passwords on a billion devices

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IT’S MORE IMPORTANT than ever to manage your passwords online, and also harder to keep up with them. That’s a bad combination. So the FIDO Alliance—a consortium that develops open source authentication standards—has pushed to expand its secure login protocols to make seamless logins a reality. Now Android’s on board, which means 1 billion devices can say goodbye to passwords in more digital services than seen before.

On Monday, Google and the FIDO Alliance announced that Android has added certified support for the FIDO2 standard, meaning the vast majority of devices running Android 7 or later will now be able to handle password-less logins in mobile browsers like Chrome. Android already offered secure FIDO login options for mobile apps, where you authenticate using a phone’s fingerprint scanner or with a hardware dongle like a YubiKey. But FIDO2 support will make it possible to use these easy authentication steps for web services in a mobile browser, instead of having the tedious task of typing in your password every time you want to log in to an account. Web developers can now design their sites to interact with Android’s FIDO2 management infrastructure.

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The way you type could be your computer’s password

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Experts are trying several approaches to determine users’ identities solely through their computer behavior.

Imagine sitting down at your work keyboard, typing in your user name and starting work right away – no password needed. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, part of the defense department, wants to turn that vision into a reality. It will distribute research funds to develop software that determines, just by the way you type, that you are indeed the person you say you are.

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Young couples share everything including passwords

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It has become fashionable for young people to express their affection for each other by sharing their passwords.

Boyfriends and girlfriends have long signaled their devotion to each other by various means — the gift of a letterman jacket, or an exchange of class rings or ID bracelets. Best friends share locker combinations.

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Will you leave your passwords for your loved ones when you die?

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Where do passwords go when you die?

I have pretty secure passwords, as much to keep would-be miscreants at bay as to keep my friends and family from finding out just how horrible a life I’m living. But according to a study, a full 11 percent of Brits plan to leave their passwords in their will.

There’s some sense to that, actually…

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Biggest Security Threats on Facebook

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Facebook is the new frontier for fraud.

Forget those phishing emails that attempt to get your credit card or bank sign-in information. When crooks want to know how to get into your bank account, they post a message on Facebook. These messages appear so innocuous and so appropriate in the Facebook setting that you are likely to not only get conned, but pass on the scam.

 

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