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Web Directions Code ’20 session spotlight–Say Goodbye to Passwords and Hello to WebAuthn

Say Goodbye to Passwords and Hello to WebAuthn

Ben Dechrai, Developer Advocate Auth0

Identifying ourself to access social media, banking details, and every aspect of our online life is something we do potentially dozens of times a day.

But as the nearly ten billion leaked account details documented by “‘;–have i been pwned?” attest, this process has a fatal weakness–passwords.

The Web Authentication API (or WebAuthn) is a standard from the W3C and FIDO that “allows servers to register and authenticate users using public key cryptography instead of a password”. WebAuthn is part of a set of standards that enable passwordless authentication between servers, browsers, and authenticators. It’s supported in all modern browsers.

In this presentation Ben Dechrai will outline how the technologies work, and how you can take advantage of them today to create a far more secure experience for your users.

About Ben Dechrai

Ben Dechrai is a technologist with a staunch focus on security and privacy. This started at the age of 11, when he wrote software to stop his parents from breaking the family PC, and resulted in his working as a developer advocate for Auth0. He enjoys helping developers find the joy of experimentation, from ethical skulduggery to subversive automation, and can be found on Twitter and Instagram at @bendechrai.

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