Password management provider LastPass is launching a new secure passwordless login to the LastPass vault via the LastPass Authenticator, creating a passwordless password manager, which the company says is a first for the security industry.
The Boston, Mass.-based company says the launch of passwordless login comes as the company is committed to a standards-based FIDO-supported passwordless future. The announcement comes shortly after tech giants announced their support for a passwordless future. Apple, Google and Microsoft announced in May plans to expand support for a common passwordless sign-in standard created by the FIDO Alliance and the World Wide Web Consortium. That capability is designed to allow websites and apps to offer secure passwordless sign-ins to consumers across devices and platforms.
In addition to enhanced security, the company bills this new capability as a way to fill gaps left by other identity providers, increase productivity by removing the need to reset forgotten passwords, create higher adoption of password managers.
Chris Hoff, chief secure technology officer at LastPass, says the company is the only to offer passwordless login to a password manager.
“While broad implementation and adoption of passwordless is the industry’s ultimate goal, it will likely take years before people experience an end-to-end passwordless login across all applications, but LastPass helps get you there sooner,” Hoff says.
The company says it is actively building FIDO2 compliant components and supporting authentication mechanisms, such as biometric face and fingerprint ID, and the addition of hardware security keys which are expected to be added to the passwordless offering later this year.
These passwordless login abilities eliminate the need for the master password as the primary method of authenticating a user logging into a LastPass vault.
The company says it is committed to providing customers with passwordless potions with the goal of completely removing the need for a master password.
“Authentication is a critical component of any zero-trust architecture and bringing that to users at scale is how businesses can enable greater security and enhanced user experience. We applaud LastPass for continuing to evolve their offerings to bring a passwordless login experience to users around the world, helping to break the dependence on passwords and usher in a safer way to interact online,” said Andrew Shikiar, executive director and CMO of the FIDO Alliance, in a statement.
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