New web standard may soon allow you to log into websites via biometric authentication

New web standard may soon allow you to log into websites via biometric authentication
Tired of having to remember the passwords for each and every website you register at? Or maybe you're using a single password for all websites (not recommended), but you're afraid it's going to get hacked sooner or later? Your worries might end in the not-so-distant future, as a new website standard may allow for biometric authentication instead of or in addition to the well-known alphabetical passwords.

The new WebAuthn API will allow you to log into websites using your biometrics, such as a fingerprint or a facial scan, or USB keys. The first browser to support the new API is Mozilla Firefox, with Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge soon to follow. There is no word if Apple will join the biometric bonanza with its Safari, but it's more likely than not, as the company has some advanced biometric scan techniques in its Face ID.

Keep in mind this new standard is still in "consideration" stage and isn't officially accepted. However, popular browsers accepting it may only mean good news and we could see it into a wider use sooner rather than later.

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11 Comments

1. cmdacos

Posts: 3818; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Samsung allows this in their browser and I use it almost exclusively with fps and iris scanning. It's a great feature.

3. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 997; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

One of my favorite features of Samsung Internet

2. Nimbus

Posts: 439; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

Sound good hope this become a norm in this day & age since all smartphones have fingerprint scanner & facial unlock except of iphones model which lack one on one over something each model

4. YeahYeah

Posts: 247; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Samsung browser already does this.. too late

5. gamehead unregistered

The more security options the better

6. tedkord

Posts: 17093; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Again, Samsung is leading the way.

7. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

8. cmdacos

Posts: 3818; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

10. rouyal

Posts: 1564; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Until your fingerprint get out there into the hands of hackers. You can change your password, you can’t change your fingerprint.

12. lyndon420

Posts: 6452; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Exactly right!!

11. lyndon420

Posts: 6452; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Give me the option to continue using a password without having to give up my biometric info and I'll be fine.

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