Apple has recently joined the FIDO Alliance, in a move that could make all users more secure by moving from passwords alone towards more secure forms of authentication, such as security keys.
The FIDO Alliance an organization already includes giants such as Google, Intel, Microsoft and Samsung.
FIDO Alliance’s mission is to create authentication standards for any platform in order to reduce reliance on passwords. It has two aims: The adoption of multi factor authentication U2F tokens, and authentication (FIDO2). Additional forms of authentication including security keys and biometrics such as facial recognition, fingerprint scanners and voice are also part of FIDO's plans.
Apple has already been promoting FIDO-like abilities on its iPhones and iPads for years, with biometric authentication such as Face ID and Touch ID.
Meanwhile, in iOS 13.3, Apple has added the ability for FIDO compliant security keys such as the Yubico YubiKey to be used to authenticate your services in Safari.
Apple’s T2 chip also allows iPhones to be used as a security key themselves: using your iPhone, you can now log into Google services.