The Web Authentication API, also known as WebAuthn, has been officially declared by the World Wide Web Consortium. Now they have released a stable version that can be implemented by websites without fear of major changes in the future.
The Internet Is Now One Step Closer to a Password-free Future
This standard is already compatible with browsers such as Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari and is also natively compatible with Android 9.0 Pie. Therefore, there is no need to find new devices or software to meet WebAuthn compliance.
WebAuthn is the step of W3C to make the web password free. This API allows users to log in to their respective accounts by verifying fingerprints (if supported by the site), mobile devices that are close to Bluetooth or a code on their phone or a FIDO security key that is basically a USB key.
Web authentication allows users to register on a different website using a verifier, which can be any of the aforementioned authentication.
One might think that the implementation of WebAuthn will bring security problems, but in reality it is the opposite. WebAuthn is a step towards a better and safer internet future.
This model avoids the risks of phishing and password stealing common to current standards. The security and privacy of the user will be maintained through the implementation of WebAuth.
The fact that WebAuth is now officially declared does not mean that the passwords will be completely removed, but it certainly means that the internet will be much safer.
We could see that more and more websites are starting to use this standard, as it is official.