Password-less is an authentication tool that offers users a way to verify themselves while not having to remember or manually type passwords. This leads to the system having a higher security and less security breaches. Instead, the user provides additional evidence such as a fingerprint, proximity badge, or hardware token code.
“True Password less” authentication is widely considered far more secure than password-based authentication. Recent technological advancements have allowed businesses to abandon password-based authentication methods.
WHY SHOULD YOU USE PASSWORDLESS AUTHENTICATION?
Passwords are known to be a weak point in computer systems and are considered as a top attack vector responsible for most security breaches.
Better user experience
The users neither have to remember complicated passwords and comply with different security policies nor renew their passwords periodically.
Reduced IT costs
Because no password storage or management is required, IT teams are relieved of the burden of establishing password policies, detecting leaks, resetting forgotten passwords, and adhering to password storage regulations.
Seamless user experience
Secure authentication can require as little as a fingerprint on your mobile phone. The solution combines something the user has; access to the mobile, and something the user is; namely the fingerprint. It is thus a much stronger two-factor authentication than password-based authentication, and it requires only one action from the user.
WHY IS PASSWORD-LESS AUTHENTICATION GOOD FOR YOUR BUSINESS?
- Increasing need for cloud applications:
The adoption of remote work as the primary mode of operation has increased the demand for cloud applications to ensure business continuity. As businesses overload employees with new accounts, this increases the risk of password fatigue and poor password hygiene. Password-less SSO can mitigate such security threats by ensuring hassle-free access to all cloud applications with just a few clicks.
- Reliable remote access for employees
Even once things go back to normal, it’s hard to imagine a world without remote work.
By employing Password less Authentications in your enterprise, you can embrace and improve remote work for the long run as it allows you to simplify user onboarding and offboarding, monitor all critical activities performed, and instantly grant or revoke user access.
- Collective savings on the annual budget
Passwords frequently come with a slew of hidden costs, such as the billable hours spent by customer support personnel on password resets and the hours an employee spends without access to an application. Going password less can save you from all of this trouble.
- Improve employee password hygiene
While password less authentication can solve many of your problems, it’s impossible to eliminate every single password overnight. SSO encourages users to remember fewer, stronger passwords for critical accounts, improving your organization's overall password hygiene.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
In password-less authentication, the method of authentication method varies based on the login method
For example, using a smartphone as a password-less authenticator is not the same user journey as a hardware security token. However, most modern “true password less” methods approach the problem in similar ways.
Mobile password-less authentication works by combining the authenticators and security features of smart phones with public-key cryptography (PKC).
TYPES OF PASSWORD-LESS AUTHENTICATORS:
- Biometrics: Biometric authentication uses these unique physical traits to verify if a person is who they say they are, without requesting a password.
- Magic Links: Instead of asking a user for a password, this form of passwordless authentication asks a user to enter their email address into the login box. An email is then sent to them, with a link they can click to log in. This procedure is carried out each time the user logs in.
- One-time codes/passwords: One-time passwords (OTP) or one-time codes (OTC) are similar to magic links, but instead of simply clicking a link, users must enter a code that you send to them (via email or SMS to their mobile device).
- Push Notifications:Users receive a push notification on their mobile devices from a dedicated authenticator app (such as Google Authenticator) and open the app via the push notification to verify their identity.
Is Password-less Authentication the future? :
Passwordless Authentication The next breakthrough in secure digital transformation:
frequently asked questions
- To go passwordless means to reduce or eliminate the use of passwords by requiring one or more alternative authentication factors when your customers and/or employees log in to your apps or systems
- Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search. (If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Search.)
- Enter sign, and then tap or click Change sign-in options.
- Choose the sign-in option you'd like to use, and then follow the instructions.