Speed Reading — Web Authentication - Level 5 — 500 wpm

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Login usernames and passwords may be ending. We won't have to worry about security when logging in. A more secure login system known as Web Authentication could replace passwords. This has become an official login process at the main Internet standards body, the World Wide Web Consortium (WWWC). It will be universally used by web browsers and platforms for simpler and stronger authentication. It will let website users log in securely to their online accounts using a digital device, biometrics (like fingerprints and facial recognition) or USB security keys.

The WWWC spoke about the end of passwords. It said: "It's common knowledge that passwords have outlived their efficacy. Not only are stolen, weak or default passwords behind 81 per cent of data breaches, they are a drain of time and resources." It said businesses should adopt Web Authentication to avoid vulnerable passwords and to help people improve their online security. Web Authentication means users are at less risk of having their passwords stolen. This is because login authentication is done with physical devices or biometrics from our body.

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