Passwordless authentication is a method of logging in to a system without the need for a password. Instead of using a password, users can authenticate themselves using a variety of other methods, such as physical biometrics, one-time passwords, push notification, FIDO2 tokens, behavioral biometrics or a combination of these.
Passwordless authentication is significant because it can help to improve the security of a system by eliminating the need for a password. Passwords can be a major source of security weaknesses because they are often prone to guessing and stealing. Hackers can use a variety of methods, such as phishing attacks or password cracking tools, to gain access to a password and use it to obtain unauthorized access to a system.
By eliminating the need for a password, passwordless authentication methods make it much more difficult for hackers to gain access to a system. This can help to prevent data breaches and protect sensitive information. Additionally, passwordless authentication methods are often more convenient and user-friendly than traditional passwords, which can be difficult to remember and enter correctly. This can help to improve the user experience and make it more convenient for users to access the system.
There are a rich set of passwordless authentication options you can implement using Securify Identity
One-time code over SMS/Email
With this method, users are sent a unique code via email or SMS that they must enter in order to log in. This code is typically only valid for a short period of time, making it difficult for anyone else to use it to gain access to the system.
Time Based OTP/Push Notification
Using Securify Identity Mobile App, you can generate a one time password or give approval to push notification.
This type of passwordless authentication uses unique physical characteristics of users, such as their fingerprint or facial features, to verify their identity. You can use Securify Identity mobile app to enable fingerprint authentication on Android devices and Touch ID/Face ID on IOS devices.
In this method, users should hold an already registered security key, such as a FIDO2 supported token, in order to authenticate themselves.
Securify Identity has also the capability to perform behavioral biometric authentication. Behavioral biometrics is a new innovation that uses the unique behaviors and patterns of a user to verify their identity. This can include factors such as how users type on a keyboard, use their mouse, or interact with a device or application. By analyzing behaviors and patterns, Securify Identity can create a unique profile for each user and make use of it to verify his identity. It is possible to setup a passwordless flow using behavioral biometrics especially when the risk score is low.
There are several benefits to using passwordless authentication
Because passwordless authentication methods do not rely on a password, they are less vulnerable to low-hanging fruit attacks such as password guessing or phishing.
Passwordless authentication methods are often easier and faster to use than traditional passwords, which can be difficult to remember and enter correctly.
Some passwordless authentication methods, such as biometric authentication, can be more accessible to users with disabilities who may have difficulty entering a traditional password.
Companies should consider using passwordless authentication because it can help to improve the security of their systems by reducing the risk of data breaches and make it easier for users to log in. Additionally, implementing passwordless authentication can help to reduce your helpdesk 'password reset' calls.