Firefox: One step closer to a world without passwords

From the recently-released Firefox version 60 and onwards, the Web Authentication API will be officially supported. This means that you’ll now be able to sign in to websites without the need to come up with a password.

The basic idea is to bring cybersecurity to a whole new level by taking the power away from phishing websites. If there’s no need to enter a password in the first place, they will have a harder time tricking you into giving it away.

As an alternative, users have plenty of options to choose from, including:

– Facial-recognition systems

– Hardware security keys

– Fingerprint readers

Currently, only the desktop version of the popular browser supports this, but soon, the mobile one will too.

Taking it up a notch, there is another cybersecurity feature in development: the Payment Request API. This means that in the future, it will be possible to authorise online purchases through the use of a fingerprint. Coupling this with WebAuthn is what is going to make this possible one day, and as things are right now, Firefox is the only browser that supports WebAuthn.

Finally, it’s worth noting that Mozilla has released Firefox Quantum for Enterprise. In his version, it will be possible to use Group Policy for Windows machines or a JSON file. This should work on Linux, Windows, and Mac.

Organisations will have the freedom to choose between standard Firefox Rapid Release or Extended Support Release. The former is updated with new features every six weeks, while the latter only gets an update once a year.