FIDO authentication is something that you need to consider if you have issues with using usernames and passwords in your business. It is an authentication protocol created by the FIDO Alliance, and it replaces the typical password-only online login with other login options that are more secure and much faster. Considering the importance and benefits of this authentication method, below are some things you need to know about it.
First of all, FIDO authentication mitigates the most common cybersecurity threats. Cyber-attacks such as man-in-the-middle, man-in-the-browser and phishing are a massive threat to regular online authentication. But with password-less options that are offered by FIDO authentication, the risks of having such types of attacks can be successfully reduced.
Another important thing to know about FIDO authentication is that it could replace passwords with biometrics, and in doing so it helps create a better user experience. But it also stores credentials on the user’s device, something that helps eliminate the fear that centralized storage, which is out of the user’s reach, will be compromised.
The FIDO Alliance is comprised of over 250 leading organizations, with some of them being the world’s leading vendors, service providers, relying parties, platform as well as browser providers such as Google, Firefox, and Microsoft.
FIDO Alliance makes use of three sets of specifications. The first one is the Universal Authentication Framework (UAF) which is made to provide a password-less experience with plug-in as well as built-in authenticators. The second one is the Universal Second Factor (U2F) which boosts the security that password-based mechanisms provide by providing a second factor authentication option. The third one is the Client to Authenticator Protocol (CTAP), which was introduced in FIDO2, and it expands the UAF and U2F functions by providing an out-of-device authenticator.