Passwordless Authentication

Passwordless replaces passwords with stronger and easier-to-use authentication. It is probably the best way organizations can protect against phishing and credential theft. With Secfense, you can enter the fast track to a passwordless future.

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What is passwordless authentication?

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.


What is passwordless login?

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.


Passwordless authentication solutions

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 security

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:

  1. Elimination of Passwords: Passwordless authentication removes the reliance on passwords, which are often weak and easily guessed or stolen. This eliminates common vulnerabilities associated with passwords, such as password reuse, weak passwords, and the need for password management.
  2. Strong Authentication Factors: Passwordless authentication typically relies on strong authentication factors, such as biometrics (e.g., fingerprints, facial recognition) or cryptographic keys. These factors provide a higher security level than passwords, as they are unique to each individual and difficult to replicate or forge.
  3. Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA): Many passwordless authentication methods incorporate multiple factors, such as something you have (a physical device) and something you are (biometric characteristics). This adds an extra layer of security, as it requires the presence of multiple trusted elements for authentication.
  4. Reduced Attack Surface: Passwordless authentication reduces the attack surface by eliminating the use of passwords. Passwords are a common target for hackers, who use techniques like phishing, brute force attacks, or password cracking to gain unauthorized access. With passwordless authentication, these attack vectors are mitigated, making it more difficult for attackers to compromise user accounts.
  5. Strong Cryptographic Techniques: Passwordless authentication often utilizes strong cryptographic techniques, such as public-key cryptography, to ensure secure communication and verification. These techniques protect the integrity and confidentiality of user credentials during the authentication process.
  6. User Experience and Convenience: Passwordless authentication aims to provide a convenient user experience without compromising security. By removing the need for passwords and implementing user-friendly methods like biometrics or device-based authentication, it simplifies user authentication, leading to better adoption and compliance.

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


Benefits of passwordless authentication

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:

  1. Stronger Security: Passwordless authentication replaces the reliance on passwords, which are often weak and susceptible to various attacks. Instead, it utilizes more secure authentication factors such as biometrics (e.g., fingerprints, facial recognition) or cryptographic keys. These factors are unique to each individual, making it difficult for unauthorized users to gain access.
  2. Reduced Password-related Risks: With passwordless authentication, the risks associated with passwords, such as password reuse, weak passwords, and the need for password management, are eliminated. This reduces the chances of account breaches due to compromised passwords.
  3. Simplified User Experience: Passwordless authentication simplifies the user experience by removing the need to remember and enter complex passwords. Instead, users can authenticate themselves quickly and conveniently using methods like biometric scans or device-based authentication, such as hardware tokens or mobile push notifications.
  4. Enhanced User Convenience: Passwordless authentication offers a more seamless and convenient user experience. Users no longer need to go through the hassle of creating and remembering passwords, reducing the friction associated with authentication processes. This leads to improved user satisfaction and increased productivity.
  5. Mitigation of Phishing Attacks: Phishing attacks, where attackers trick users into revealing their passwords, are a significant security concern. Passwordless authentication mitigates this risk by eliminating the reliance on passwords. Even if a user unknowingly interacts with a malicious website or falls victim to a phishing attempt, their credentials remain secure as authentication relies on other factors like biometrics or cryptographic keys.
  6. Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA): Passwordless authentication methods often incorporate multiple factors, adding an extra layer of security. By combining something the user possesses (e.g., a physical device) with something they are (e.g., biometric characteristics), it provides a stronger authentication mechanism and reduces the chances of unauthorized access.
  7. Scalability and Interoperability: Passwordless authentication frameworks like FIDO2 have gained widespread industry support and are compatible with various platforms and devices. This scalability and interoperability make it easier for organizations to adopt and integrate passwordless solutions into their existing systems.

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.

FIDO2 Authentication

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.

Passwordless Again

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.


How to Implement Passwordless Authentication?

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.


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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.

Krzysztof Słotwiński

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.

Marcin Bobruk



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.

Charm Abeywardana

IT & Infrastructure

Visium Networks

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.

Mateusz Bodio

Managing Director


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.

Eduard Kučera


Presto Ventures

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.

Stanislav Ivanov

Founding Partner

Tera Ventures

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.

Dariusz Pitala

Head of IT