Apple’s default Safari browser on iPhones will support a more secure way of login soon. Safari 14 is set to be released later this year shipping alongside the recently unveiled iOS 14 and macOS 11 (a.k.a macOS Big Sur).
Password-less logins feature is built using FIDO Alliance’s FIDO2 standard WebAuthn component. For the unaware, FIDO Alliance is an independent organization at the forefront in solving the password problems by replacing them with password-less authentication methods.
Instead of having to log in using a password, the WebAuthn API allows website to use physical security keys on your device in order to log in on a service. It can use biometric authentication like Apple’s Touch ID or hardware security keys.
As you would expect, WebAuthn is more secure as it brings in the physical aspect. Besides, you don’t have to remember those strings of letters and numbers, the so-called password.
The WebAuthn was approved last year by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and has already been adopted by various companies like Google inside Chrome, Microsoft’s Windows, Dropbox, Firefox, and even Edge.
Thanks to WebAuthn Safari users will also be able to use Face ID to login to various services with built-in support.
To my fellow Android community, Google added a similar feature last year. But there’s a caveat – its only available on select phones running Android 7 or later. In addition to that, individual services must have the feature built-in as well.