Duo’s upcoming passwordless authentication solution helps you s@y g00dby3 to Pa$$words — without compromising on security.
What is Passwordless Authentication?
Passwordless authentication is a method of verifying a person’s identity when they access an application — but because it doesn’t rely on a password, it’s a more user-friendly and secure way to login.
How Does Passwordless Authentication Work?
Like multi-factor authentication before it, passwordless authentication is a way to verify people are who they say they are. What makes passwordless different is how that verification happens.
Traditional MFA relies on something you have, like a mobile device, and something you know, like a password.
Passwordless login still uses something you have, but it replaces the password with something you are, like a biometric.
So, just like MFA, passwordless uses two factors to verify identity — but the beauty of passwordless is that both factors can happen in a single gesture. For example, you pick up your device and perform a biometric — it’s as easy as that.
Why Go Passwordless?
By going passwordless, organizations can address the two major problems with passwords: security gaps and usability issues.
The promise of passwordless authentication is that it will:
Improve user experience. Users get seamless access without all the special characters.
Reduce IT overhead. Fewer passwords means fewer password resets.
Strengthen security posture. Attackers can’t steal a password if there’s no password to steal.