Android Users Will Now Be Able To Securely Login Into Apps Without a Password

Now the mobile phones with Android 7.0 Nougat or the later version are FIDO certified, said FIDO Alliance. After an update to Google Play Store, handsets launched after 2016 will be able to login to website or apps without having to enter a password. Built-in fingerprint sensors or FIDO security keys could be used in the latest handsets to sign in.

Several apps like banking apps, allow a fingerprint to sign in and the introduction of a passwordless sign in will only facilitate android users more in terms of security. A new API would let app developers add FIDO key sign-in or fingerprint easily at the system level. Official certification will make this function popular among Android users.
"Have an Android device? Good news! Android 7.0+ is now FIDO2 Certified out of the box or via update. This means your device (and more than a billion others) is now ready for secure passwordless biometric logins #GoodbyePasswords.", announced The FIDO Alliance on Twitter.
With FIDO certification, it could reduce phishing attacks as no password is to be entered instead the biometric system will be used. It will be well encrypted, providing extra protection from man-in-the-middle attacks and security from several other cyber threats.

FIDO certification for Android was introduced after Google and FIDO Alliance had been working for a year almost. With the help of WebAuthn, biometric authentication system has been introduced in Chrome and a few other browsers.

Android 7.0 Nougat, was launched in 2016 and by 2018, 50 percent of the Android users had wither Android 7.0 Nougat or the newer version, making it the most widely used version on Google’s mobile OS. Following the pattern, devices that will be sold this year will have FIDO2 certification by default.

To enable this feature, developers will have to incorporate the associated API in the apps and web. This method is standardized but still will take time to be available at all places.
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FIDO2 will be made available on old handsets through Google Play Services update. It will be a system level update and not OEM-specific app, thus it could take months to be available to all the mobile phones. Whereas new devices will have it already updated.

Roll out might not be available for all at once and will need developers to get on board with FIDO2, only then passwordless login would be made accessible.

Android gets FIDO2 certified as passwords become obsolete
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