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HID Secure Authentication in-a Passwordless World

HID: Secure Authentication in a Passwordless World

August 16, 2022

2 minutes read

When it comes to managing an average of 100 passwords to protect data as they go through their digital days, users are beyond worn out and dissatisfied. Nowadays, authentication by changing the password is frequently required by many websites. Those that provide secure password suggestions generate an absurd string of difficult digits, characters, and symbols. However, none of those actions complies with the most recent multi-factor authentication security requirements (MFA).

Next-level access is becoming more widely used, and there are current technologies and interfaces available to strengthen security using MFA.

Secure Authentication through FIDO and NFC

Passwords by themselves are no longer adequate to maintain a high degree of security as computers get more intelligent and performant. By expanding the use of multi-factor authentication using a FIDO-NFC (near field communication) combo, organizations must tighten up their cybersecurity plans and combine ease with fortification.

1. Fast IDentity Online (FIDO)

Representatives from well-known international corporations including HID Global, Google, MasterCard, Microsoft, and Yubico are members of the open association known as the FIDO Alliance. With the help of FIDO standards, hassle-free credentialing and rapid transactions are made possible with a foundation for better passwordless and multi-factor authentication.

For instance, users can select how to log in on a device after registering it. When they require access, they validate their identity using a fingerprint or a second factor (a FIDO token). Then, the token serves as a translator between the security of the authenticator and the public service or application the user is seeking to utilize to prove their identity. Access control is quite strong because of this multilayer protocol mix.

2. Near Field Communication (NFC)

This experience includes NFC technology because it makes it possible for the token and the login process to interact in a safe, contactless, and straightforward manner. When we pay for products using our mobile phones, we are used to this simple contactless transaction. NFC readers are compatible with the security and legal standards that demand MFA to access a variety of apps. Secure, near-field communication (NFC) employs magnetic fields for authentication.

Reducing Our Overreliance on Passwords

Convenience, credentialing, and equipment security have already improved in several areas as a result of increased FIDO usage. To make contactless payments, confirm appointments, or authenticate your identity while transacting with financial institutions, NFC technology is often used in today’s retail, healthcare, pharmaceutical, and financial services sectors. However, as the IoT develops, specialists and amateurs are learning how FIDO and NFC may strengthen security and reveal opportunities across a variety of access scenarios.

Because of the hybrid nature of our society, intelligent identity verification and authentication solutions that can strike a balance between end-user comfort and Zero Trust security are necessary. We want efficiency backed by tested security measures in our fast-paced world. Expanding the use of FIDO security keys with NFC technology reduces the enormous burden caused by managing too many passwords that we all experience today.

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