Whether you are a small or large business owner, you can benefit from FIDO authentication. Your employees and users can use this technology to minimize security risks and improve the user experience. This set of security specifications provides for a stronger and more effective authentication. They were developed by the FIDO Alliance, which is a nonprofit organization that aims to standardize the identification of the client and protocol layers.
FIDO leaves behind the traditional authentication methods, like usernames and passwords, and others. Instead, it uses a unifying tool. Among the main problems that corporations face in this era of digitalization is the wide range of formats that are adopted by authentication services. Even though some are embedded into the device that the client carries, for instance security components in mobile devices or TPMs in computers, there are others that connect to another client device via NFC or Bluetooth. There are also cases where USB sticks are used for this purpose. While in some cases, such as the latter, connected authenticators are physical, most cases involve the use of wireless connections to access an authenticator embedded into another device, like a mobile phone.
With a FIDO protocol service, all these processes are standardized and interoperability between various client devices and online services, web applications, operating systems, and web browsers is made possible. In the last seven years, FIDO Authentication has evolved from what was just a concept that sparked a project to becoming a global web standard that is compatible with a lot of existing platforms as well as browsers.
The goal of FIDO protocols is attaining a more solid authentication. They use standard public key encryption techniques. When registering to an online service, the device or a user or client generates two new keys, namely a public and a private one. The private key is stored, while the public key is registered in the online service.