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Microsoft Edge now supports passwordless sign-ins

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Edge users will soon be able to securely sign into websites without having to remember their passwords. Microsoft has today announced support for the Web Authentication specification in the browser, which will let you log on using Windows Hello hardware (so that’s IR cameras and fingerprint readers), as well as PINs or external FIDO2 security keys, like the one launched by Google last week.

You can try it out now by installing Windows Insider Preview build 17723 or higher, or wait until later this year when it’s available to the general public in Windows 10 version 1809. Of course, because this tech is so new (Google’s only recently begun doing the same), it’ll be a while before many websites get on board, although Microsoft does say in its launch blog postthat it’s “working with industry partners on lighting up the first passwordless experiences around the web.” It’s also made it simple for websites to utilize backwards compatibility with external FIDO U2Fsecurity devices, so while it’ll take a while for mainstream adoption to take hold, this does mark the beginning of a brand new security experience.

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