We Just Got One Step Closer to Killing the PasswordAdam Clark Estes12/09/14 1:55pmFiled to: PasswordsSecurityCyber SecurityFIDO AllianceAuthentication1028EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkThe FIDO Alliance, whose members include everyone from Google to Samsung, just announced new password-free standards for regular and two-step authentication. In other words, the entire tech industry now has protocol for letting you sign into accounts without a password. Get ready for everything but typing out *****.Disparate companies have been offering password-killing solutions for years, but the lack of a common standards tended to make things more difficult than they needed to be. Now, the new FIDO specifications promise "to make authentication simpler and stronger for all." Any app or website should now be able to depend on devices like USB hardware tokens or biometric data like fingerprints in order to authenticate users. You've been able to do this with some services, like Google, for a while, but the new standards should (hopefully) blow the lid off of adoption.