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Microsoft Edge browser is ditching passwords; adds support for face, fingerprint, PIN and more

With Microsoft Edge browser, soon you'll be able to securely log into websites without having to remember any password.

  • Published: August 1, 2018 4:30 PM IST
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Microsoft Edge users will no longer be required to remember passwords to log onto their favorite websites. The Redmond-based giant has announced support for the Web Authentication specification in Edge browser with which you will soon be able to securely log into websites without having to remember any password.

“Today, we are happy to introduce support for the Web Authentication specification in Microsoft Edge, enabling better, more secure user experiences and a passwordless experience on the web,” noted official blog post.

With Web Authentication, Microsoft Edge browser users will be able to sign in using the Windows Hello hardware, which means they’ll be able use their face, fingerprint, PIN, or portable FIDO2 devices for it. “Windows Hello allows users to authenticate without a password on any Windows 10 device, using biometrics—face and fingerprint recognition—or a PIN number to sign in to web sites. With Windows Hello face recognition, users can log in to sites that support Web Authentication in seconds, with just a glance,” it added.

This update to Microsoft Edge browser will be available to the general public in Windows 10 version 1809. As of now, users can try it out by installing Windows Insider Preview build 17723 or higher.

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“We started this journey in 2016, when we shipped the industry’s first preview implementation of the Web Authentication API in Microsoft Edge. Since then, we have been updating our implementation to as we worked with other vendors and the FIDO alliance to develop the standard,” blog post added.

  • Published Date: August 1, 2018 4:30 PM IST