The day is not far away when you will have to position your face in front of your laptop or phone’s camera and say the words “open sesame” or “let me in” to access Gmail. At least that is what a growing number of corporates, including Google, think at the moment.
FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) wants to change the way authentication happens in online services by ridding the world of passwords, and instead relying on techniques like fingerprints, voice and facial recognition. FIDO was founded in the July of 2012 by companies such as Lenovo, Nok Nok Labs, PayPal, and Validity. In their own words:
The FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance was formed in July 2012 to address the lack of interoperability among strong authentication technologies, and remedy the problems users face with creating and remembering multiple usernames and passwords. The Alliance plans to change the nature of authentication by developing standards-based specifications that define an open, scalable, interoperable set of mechanisms that supplant reliance on passwords to easily and securely authenticate users of online services.
In a press release made yesterday, FIDO mentions about Google’s joining in and about the progress made so far.
In the two months since launching, the FIDO Alliance has more than doubled its membership and expanded globally with new representation from Australia, the Netherlands, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, and Sweden. Google, NXP and CrucialTec have joined the FIDO Alliance Board of Directors, adding depth and strengthening the ecosystem of the founding board members [...]
Phandroid, a popular Android forum and news site reports that:
Backed by heavy-weight such as PayPal and Lenovo, Google is just another ally for FIDO who needs backing from as many bigwigs as possible if they hope to bring their plans of a multiple standardized methods to fruition. Google, who already provides a variety of authentication processes like facial recognition in Android, or 2-step verification in Gmail, perfectly lines up with that goal.