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EMVCo, W3C, and FIDO Alliance Form Online Payments Security Interest Group

EMVCo, W3C, and FIDO Alliance Form Online Payments Security Interest Group

“This could prove to be an important step forward in online security as more and more payment transactions are performed over online channels.” The biggest industry associations in the fields of payments, the internet, and authentication have announced a new cross-industry interest group aimed at fostering security and interoperability for online payments. The groups involved…

Goodbye Passwords: FIDO’s WebAuthn Specification Gets W3C Stamp of Approval

Goodbye Passwords: FIDO’s WebAuthn Specification Gets W3C Stamp of Approval

“News of W3C’s WebAuthn approval comes on the heels of the announcement that the entire Android platform had received FIDO2 certification from the FIDO Alliance…” The WebAuthn authentication specification is now an official web standard, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and FIDO Alliance have announced. The news comes almost a year after the announcement…

Yubico Showcases New Security Keys, Including iOS Solution, at CES

Yubico Showcases New Security Keys, Including iOS Solution, at CES

Yubico unveiled a new product in its security key lineup at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, and offered a sneak peak at another. First things first: Security Key NFC, the latest offering, is available now. It features a USB-A interface, and, as the name, suggests, it also supports contactless operation over NFC. That means users…

All Major Browsers Now Offer FIDO2 Support

All Major Browsers Now Offer FIDO2 Support

All of the major web browsers now offer FIDO2 support in some form, the FIDO Alliance has announced. The big news comes from a somewhat unlikely ally, with Apple having just launched a new preview version of its Safari browser that features FIDO2 support. Apple is notorious for not playing well with others and rigidly…

IAM Solutions Provider Embraces FIDO2 and YubiKey 5 Series

IAM Solutions Provider Embraces FIDO2 and YubiKey 5 Series

“The firm’s platform, CloudGate UNO, now supports the FIDO Alliance’s FIDO2 authentication standard, and ISR says it will distribute YubiKey 5 Series devices to its clients.” A major identity and access management specialist is poised to help spread the proliferation of FIDO2 standards through Yubico’s latest security keys. The company, International Systems Research Co. (or…

Windows 10 Update Emphasizes FIDO2 Authentication via Hello

Windows 10 Update Emphasizes FIDO2 Authentication via Hello

A new Windows 10 update has delivered FIDO2 authentication, with Microsoft placing its Windows Hello biometric authentication platform closer to front and center for end users. With respect to the latter, Windows’ development team has now placed a Windows Hello setup button right on the OS’s lock screen. It’s clearly a move aimed at encouraging…

New FIDO2 Security Key Will Be Open Source

New FIDO2 Security Key Will Be Open Source

A new security key solution is poised to further extend the reach of the FIDO Alliance’s new FIDO2 authentication standard. Called “Solo”, the security key is currently in the works from San Francisco-based SoloKeys, which currently has a Kickstarter campaign underway to support the product. Like other prominent security key solutions, Solo is designed to…

Biometric USB Key Among Earliest FIDO2-certified Solutions

Biometric USB Key Among Earliest FIDO2-certified Solutions

“The device features a built-in fingerprint sensor, combining the two-factor security of a USB key with the sophistication of biometric authentication.” South Korea-based eWBM‘s Golden Gate biometric USB key has attained FIDO2 certification, the company has announced. The device features a built-in fingerprint sensor, combining the two-factor security of a USB key with the sophistication…

Yubico’s Latest Security Key Line is FIDO2-Ready

Yubico’s Latest Security Key Line is FIDO2-Ready

“Together, the devices offer a range of use cases while all supporting the essential authentication frameworks.” Yubico has launched the YubiKey 5 Series, and the devices in its latest lineup of security keys appears to be its most comprehensive ever. The lineup includes the YubiKey 5 NFC, YubiKey 5C, YubiKey 5 Nano, and YubiKey 5C…

Twitter Suggests FIDO U2F Keys for User Security

Twitter Suggests FIDO U2F Keys for User Security

Twitter has officially endorsed FIDO U2F certified security keys for users, as well as two-factor authentication more broadly. The social media giant’s advocacy came by way of a larger update on how the company is working to fight spam and malicious bots, with Twitter announcing in a blog post that it had “identified and challenged”…

Yubico Launches FIPS Compliant Security Keys

Yubico Launches FIPS Compliant Security Keys

Government agencies and contractors now have a line of YubiKey devices designed just for them. Called the YubiKey FIS Series, the new line of security keys is compliant with Federal Information Processing Standard 140-2, a certification needed for use by many government agencies and partners collecting and transmitting sensitive information. That means individuals working in…