Mozilla Firefox’s newly released Firefox 60 implemented WebAuthn tech, a data security method which may replace passwords on their platform.
Given how often data breaches involve passwords, like the most recent Twitter fiasco, getting rid of our favorite personal access terms may be the best way forward for data security.
Web browser Mozilla Firefox released Firefox 60 yesterday with potentially future-proof technology. The company believes that Web Authentication technology can help diminish phishing attacks.
How does the WebAuthn tech work and does it prevent phishing?
A Commitment to User Privacy
In the blog post announcing the change, Firefox stated the motivation for this update. It involved creating products that meet user needs, as well as respect user privacy.
Using WebAuthn tech furthers that goal, so it is a natural fit.
Firefox60 uses WebAuthn with compatible websites using physical authentication devices. Think something like the YubiKey dongle or some kind of biometric identification like fingerprints.
Dropbox also lauded the power of Web Authn in a Tuesday blog post. But essentially, it eliminates the need for passwords by using a distinct marker.
The technology uses a standard web API that integrates with browsers and other web infrastructure. It empowers the user to use alternative security methods across devices and sites.
With each Web Authn marker being unique to the user or sometimes a physical object, you can see how it is nearly “hack proof”. This also helps eliminate potential IoT cybersecurity threats.
Still far From a Post-Password Future
Unfortunately, the technology only works with websites that support the technology. Right now, that list isn’t too long, but even Google security experts realize the importance of moving beyond passwords.
Adam Langley ruminated on the importance of Web Authn in March.
But Web Authn also supports Google Chrome, so perhaps other browsers will adopt this new approach to security. The question revolves around how quickly websites and devices will adopt the technology.