Universal 2nd Factor
Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) is an open standard that strengthens and simplifies two-factor authentication (2FA) using specialized Universal Serial Bus (USB) or near-field communication (NFC) devices based on similar security technology found in smart cards.
While initially developed by Google and Yubico, with contribution from NXP Semiconductors, the standard is now hosted by the FIDO Alliance.
What Is FIDO?
Passwords are dying and for good reason: passwords are every organization’s weak link but despite that, many companies still rely on them from a security and operational perspective. With 90% of incidences and security breaches consisting of a phishing element, multi-factor, passwordless authentication is no longer an option — it’s a necessity.
In addition to their inherent security risks, passwords are a drain on the bottom line and productivity. Password resets cost companies an average of $70 each, while 20% to 50% of all help desk calls are for password resets. But as the long-touted dream of a passwordless future has failed to come to fruition, many are left wondering, what exactly are the components of an effective passwordless solution? The answer? FIDO.
Based on free, open standards from the FIDO Alliance, Fast IDentity Online (FIDO) authentication enables password-only logins to be replaced with secure, fast login experiences across websites and apps. This is accomplished by using standard public-key cryptography to provide strong authentication and leave zero data at rest. FIDO U2F is an open standard that provides added security and simplifies Universal 2-Factor authentication.
FIDO2 is the term for FIDO Alliance’s newest set of specifications. FIDO2 enables users to leverage common devices to easily authenticate to online services in both mobile and desktop environments. The FIDO2 specifications are the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Authentication (WebAuthn) specification and FIDO Alliance’s corresponding Client-to-Authenticator Protocol (CTAP).
How Does FIDO Work?
During registration with an online service, the user’s client device creates a new key pair. It retains the private key and registers the public key with the online service. Authentication is done by the client device proving possession of the private key to the service by signing a challenge. The client’s private keys can be used only after they are unlocked locally on the device by the user. The local unlock is accomplished by a user inserting a uTrust FIDO2 Security Key or pressing the NFC button on the security key.
What fido device you should buy?
- Yubico Security Key
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2. uTrust FIDO2 Security Keys
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