Facebook joins FIDO Alliance board
16 May 2018 16:00 GMT

The Fido (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance said Facebook was appointed to its board of directors. Facebook joins other large global technology, financial services and e-commerce board members in driving the alliance’s strategic vision to reduce the world’s reliance on passwords with stronger, simpler authentication. The alliance creates specifications for interoperable strong authentication with compliant mobile and web applications and PC platforms. Through its use of on-device public key cryptography and convenient authenticators such as security keys and biometrics, FIDO Authentication is more secure, private and easy to use than passwords and other forms of strong authentication.

The FIDO Alliance creates specifications for interoperable strong authentication with compliant mobile and web applications and PC platforms. Through its use of on-device public key cryptography and convenient authenticators such as security keys and biometrics, FIDO Authentication is more secure, private and easy to use than passwords and other forms of strong authentication.

While new to the board, Facebook played an active role in supporting the adoption of FIDO Authentication since January 2017 when they made it possible for any of their 2 billion daily users to use a FIDO-supported security key to log in. In addition to Facebook, many top service providers, such as Aetna, Google, PayPal, Samsung, Bank of America, NTT Docomo, Dropbox and Github, made FIDO Authentication available to their broad user bases.