Passwordless authentication is a method of accessing systems or services without the need for traditional passwords. Instead of relying on a secret password, passwordless authentication utilizes alternative factors such as biometric authentication (e.g., fingerprint or facial recognition) or physical devices (e.g., security keys) to verify a user’s identity. This approach aims to enhance security by eliminating the risks associated with passwords, such as weak or reused passwords, password theft, and phishing attacks. Passwordless authentication offers a more convenient and user-friendly experience while maintaining high security.
Passwordless login refers to a method of accessing an account or system without using a traditional password. Instead of entering a password, users employ alternative authentication factors (e.g., FIDO2 authentication) to verify their identity. With passwordless login, users can securely access their accounts with a simpler and more convenient authentication process. This approach reduces the reliance on passwords, which are prone to vulnerabilities like weak passwords, password reuse, and phishing attacks, thereby enhancing security and user experience.
FIDO2 is an authentication framework developed by the FIDO Alliance that provides a secure and convenient way to authenticate users without the need for passwords. It is considered a safe passwordless authentication solution due to several key factors.
First, FIDO2 relies on strong cryptographic techniques, specifically public-key cryptography, to ensure secure authentication. Instead of relying on passwords that can be easily guessed or stolen, FIDO2 uses a unique cryptographic key pair for each user. The private key remains securely stored on the user’s device or a hardware security key, while the public key is registered with the service provider. This means that even if an attacker gains access to the public key, they cannot use it to impersonate the user without the corresponding private key.
Second, FIDO2 incorporates user presence verification, adding an additional security layer. During the authentication process, the user is required to physically interact with their device or security key, such as through a fingerprint scan or button press. This ensures that the user is actively present and prevents automated attacks or remote attempts to authenticate without the user’s knowledge.
Furthermore, FIDO2 eliminates the risks associated with password-based authentication, such as password reuse and phishing attacks. Since there are no passwords involved, users are not susceptible to password-related vulnerabilities. FIDO2 also mitigates phishing risks by ensuring that sensitive credentials are never exposed during authentication. Even if a user unknowingly interacts with a malicious website, their credentials remain secure as the authentication relies on cryptographic keys instead of passwords.
Overall, FIDO2’s strong cryptographic mechanisms, user presence verification, and elimination of passwords make it a safe passwordless authentication solution. It provides enhanced security, protection against common threats, and a more convenient user experience.
With Secfense, you can add FIDO2 authentication to any app in 5 minutes. Within 7-14 days you can protect all your apps and users with FIDO authentication, get ready to free your organization from passwords and enter the path into a passwordless future.
Passwordless authentication is considered to be a safe method of verifying identities. It offers enhanced security compared to traditional password-based systems. Here are some reasons why passwordless authentication is considered safe:
While passwordless authentication offers enhanced security, it’s important to note that no authentication method is completely foolproof. It’s crucial to implement proper security measures, keep devices and software up to date, and follow best practices to maintain a secure authentication environment.
FIDO2 is probably the best authentication standard, called by many, the only phishing-proof authentication there is. The best way to introduce FIDO2 is to do it with Secfense because it removes the integration part from the picture making it possible to add FIDO to any app in 5 minutes
Passwordless authentication offers several benefits that contribute to enhanced security, improved user experience, and simplified authentication processes. Here are some key benefits of passwordless authentication:
By leveraging the benefits of passwordless authentication, organizations can improve their security posture, enhance user experiences, and simplify authentication processes while reducing the risks associated with password-based systems.
The FIDO2 standard is an exceptional solution, a real breakthrough in the world of strong authentication. Most online vendors and big technology companies have already adopted this standard, which was developed by an international organization called the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). FIDO2 is an open web authentication standard that enables users to authenticate with local authenticators, such as smartphones and laptops with biometric scanners, or cryptographic security keys. It safeguards access to your operating system, phone, or email without sharing your password with anybody. You just tap your security key or touch your biometric sensor and that is it. But keep in mind that most of the time FIDO2 works in combination with a password or some other authentication factor. That is because two-factor authentication is always better than even the strongest single-factor authentication.
The question about the passwordless future is really the question of how we understand passwords. Is PIN a password? Does tapping a device to authenticate constitute as providing a password? If passwordless means authenticating with something more convenient than a memorized, complex string of characters, then we already live in the passwordless future.
The big benefit of passwordless authentication based on two separate factors is that you do not really need to think that much about making your password (as one of two factors) strong because the second factor will provide enough security.
Many vendors offer implementation of the FIDO2 standard or other 2FA solutions. Some allow login details to be retained on the customer’s infrastructure (the customer does not have to share any data with third-party providers). In most cases, however, implementing MFA throughout the company is difficult or impossible. Moreover, once an organization chooses a specific standard, it is generally challenging to switch to another one when necessary. Secfense helps companies get on a faster path to a passwordless future. Secfense introduces MFA everywhere using the User Access Security Broker technology in the first step. In the second step, Secfense IDP replaced passwords in applications supporting the SAML standard (most often SaaS applications). Secfense, therefore, allows you to implement and scale any authentication method in any number of applications and take the first step towards passwordless. The implementation does not cause any discomfort for users, and the selected authentication method (biometrics, PIN, hardware keys) can be changed to another one at any time.
Deploying 2FA with User Access Security Broker
We are faced with new challenges every day. We must always be one step ahead of the attackers and know what they are going to do before they do it. We are convinced that the User Access Security Broker will bring security to a new level, both for those working at the office and from home. For us, working with Secfense is an opportunity to exchange experience with developers who put great value on out-of-the-box thinking.
Business Continuity and Computer Security Officer
BNP Paribas Bank Poland
As part of the pre-implementation analysis, we verified that users utilize a wide range of client platforms: desktop computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones, and traditional mobile phones. Each of these devices differs in technological advancement, features, and level of security. Because of this, and also due to the recommendation of the Polish Financial Supervision Authority (UKNF), we decided to introduce additional protection in the form of multi-factor authentication mechanisms based on FIDO. As a result, users of our applications can log in safely, avoiding common cyber threats such as phishing, account takeover, and theft of their own and their clients’ data.
We are excited to partner with Secfense to enhance our user access security for our web apps. By integrating their User Access Security Broker, we ensure seamless and secure protection for our applications and systems, delivering superior security and convenience to our customers.
IT & Infrastructure
Before investing in Secfense, we had the opportunity to talk to its existing clients. Their reactions were unanimous: wow, it’s so easy to use. We were particularly impressed by the fact that implementing their solution does not require the involvement of IT developers. It gives Secfense a huge advantage over the competition, and at the same time opens the door to potential customers who so far were afraid of changes related to the implementation of multi-factor authentication solutions.
Even when the network and infrastructure are secured enough, social engineering and passwords can be used to gain control of the system by attackers. Multifactor authentication is the current trend. Secfense addresses this and allows you to build zero trust security and upgrade your current systems to passwordless applications within minutes, solving this problem right away,” said Eduard Kučera, Partner at Presto Ventures and cybersecurity expert – former Director in hugely successful Czech multinational cyber security firm Avast.
One of the biggest challenges the world is facing today is securing our identity online. That’s why we were so keen to have Secfense in our portfolio. They make it possible to introduce strong authentication in an automated way. Until now, organizations had to selectively protect applications because the deployment of new technology was very hard, or even impossible. With Secfense, the implementation of multi-factor authentication is no longer a problem, and all organizations can use the highest standards of authentication security.
Two-factor authentication is known to be one of the best ways to protect against phishing; however, its implementation has always been difficult. Secfense helped us solve that problem. With their security broker, we were able to introduce various 2FA methods on our web applications at once.
Head of IT