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Google Joins Fast IDentity Online Alliance

Apr 25, 2013

Google finally steps up and joins the FIDO, (Fast IDentity Online Alliance), mission to replace passwords and instead use secure online identity authentication. FIDO’s founding members are Lenovo, PayPal, Nok Nok Labs, and Validity.  Sam Srinivas, of Google security released a statement about their support,

Joining the FIDO Alliance is a great way to increase industry momentum around open standards for strong authentication. We look forward to continuing our current development work on strong, universal second-factor tokens as part of a new FIDO Alliance working group.”

The newly formed team since 2012, has been working hard to develop a new standard of identity authentication to verify a user when trying to login to Web sites and online user accounts. FIDO is aiming at using biometrics technologies such as fingerprint scanners, voice and facial recognition, as well as near field communication, one-time passwords, and security tokens.

Google has already made an effort offering a two-step verification process, which combines something the user knows, like a password, with something the user has, which could be a key code sent to the user’s smartphone.

Chipmaker NXP and input device maker CrucialTec, also recently joined the FIDO board as well.

According to SplashData’s list of bad passwords, the top ten continue to prove to be weak and easily hacked.

  1. password
  2. 123456
  3. 12345678
  4. abc123
  5. qwerty
  6. monkey
  7. letmein
  8. dragon
  9. 111111
  10. baseball




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