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Apple Joins Fido Alliance in Its Bid to Get Rid of Passwords


Apple, which has long prided itself on its devices’ security, has joined the Fido Alliance as a board member. As for why that matters, it’s great news if you hate using passwords or password managers.


The Fido Alliance is an open industry group that in its words, has a mission to create “authentication standards to help reduce the world’s over-reliance on passwords.” If you’re not familiar with the group itself, you might have heard of one of its three sets of authentication protocols: Fido Universal Second Factor (FIDO U2F), FIDO Universal Authentication Framework (FIDO UAF) and FIDO2. And even if you haven’t, Fido’s board members include some well-known industry giants such as Amazon, ARM, American Express, Facebook, Google, Intel, Lenovo, Microsoft, PayPal, Samsung, Visa, Mastercard, and now, Apple.