Safari to replace password with facial recognition

In the next version of Safari, on Mac, iPhone and iPad, Apple will offer to identify itself on websites by facial or fingerprint recognition. A choice that should eventually bury the password, not sufficiently secure.

Finally, France and Apple may have found something in common, and it concerns biometrics. If the two parties have not been able to agree on the StopCovid application  , on the other hand, they might one day be able to unite their ideas around online identification and authentication .

As we know, France,  through its Alicem project (Online Authentication CErticated on Mobile), has the will to use facial recognition to create a secure digital identity in order to access administrative services such as CAF or taxes. For Apple, which presented its project this week, the concept is broader since the idea is to replace the usual password with FaceID and TouchID. It’s already possible to unlock your iPhone or validate operations in applications, but the firm wants to go further by integrating it into its Safari browser  .

The end of the password?

In iOS 14 macOS iPadOS Big Sur and 14, it will be possible to connect to a site Internet via biometric authentication and is the widespread adoption of Web Authentication specification, also known as WebAuthn, which will allow you to get rid of passwords on websites. Concretely, instead of entering a password, it will be enough to show your face or press with your finger to connect to your account.

Chrome, Edge and Firefox already integrated this function, but the strike power of Apple, especially on mobile, could really launch the movement if the websites accept of course to integrate this functionality. It would be more convenient for the user because really secure passwords are difficult to remember, but also a guarantee of security against hacking since a face or a fingerprint cannot be used for phishing or any other use. malicious.