The change will affect devices running Android 7 and up, which accounts for half of all Android users. James Martin/CNET Your Android passwords could one day go the way of the floppy disk. Google and the Fast Identity Online Alliance said Monday that Android is now FIDO2-certified, meaning its devices can use fingerprints and security keys for logging in to accounts instead of passwords. The certification was unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.The change will only affect devices running Android 7 and up, which accounts for half of all Android users. Nothing is needed for the billion Android devices to get the added security. It’ll be available out of the box or with an automatic Google Play Services update, the FIDO Alliance said.Using fingerprints or security keys as passwords was already available for a handful of apps on Android, primarily for banking and other financial services. The change opens security features to any Android developer, allowing for password-less logins on the operating system’s mobile browser and apps.Passwords are the keys to your digital lives, allowing access to accounts managing your finances, your social life and more. The problem is, they aren’t very secure gatekeeper because hackers can easily steal your credentials and sell them in data dumps. They’re even more ineffective if you use the same password for multiple accounts, as highlighted by reports that TurboTax account information was accessed using passwords from other accounts. The Best Password Managers of 2019 Comments Mobile World Congress 2019 Jun 1 • The Nubia Alpha looks like either a house arrest bracelet or Batman’s phone Jun 29 • Galaxy S10 5G, OnePlus 7 Pro LG V50 ThinQ 5G: Why you shouldn’t rush to buy a 5G phone May 13 • Galaxy S10E vs. iPhone XR: Every spec compared Tags Here’s how to use Google’s Password Checkup tool Jul 9 • Killer cameras and battery life might meet their match in the Note 10 Google Computers have also become so powerful that they can easily guess complicated passwords within a matter of hours by entering every possible combination.That’s why security industry professionals want to move past passwords, using tools like biometrics and security keys instead. Unlike passwords, fingerprints and security keys are much harder to steal online, and with the FIDO2 standard, they’re protected against phishing attacks. “With this news from Google, the number of users with FIDO Authentication capabilities has grown dramatically and decisively,” Brett McDowell, executive director of the FIDO Alliance, said in a statement. “Together with the leading web browsers that are already FIDO2 compliant, now is the time for website developers to free their users from the risk and hassle of passwords and integrate FIDO Authentication today.”Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Mozilla Firefox already support the FIDO2 standard.The security standard checks when you log in to make sure it’s the real page and not a fake site designed to fool you. Hackers frequently spoof pages as Google showcased several fake support pages that looked identical to the real ones. In a 2016 survey from TeleSign, the security company found that 72 percent of companies plan to stop using passwords in the next 10 years, moving to biometrics and two-factor authentication. It’s the same vision for Google, which created its own security key in July, and experts believe fingerprints are the most popular replacement for passwords. Now playing: Watch this: Mobile Security Related Content Share your voice • See All 52 Mobile World Congress 2019 reading • Google looks to leave passwords behind for a billion Android devices 1:15
Kolkata: The state government on Thursday appointed Subhanjan Das as the District Magistrate (DM) of Alipurduar district. Nikhil Nirmal, who was posted as the DM of the district, was transferred as the Managing Director of West Bengal Tribal Development Cooperative Corporation. Das has been holding the charge of Additional Secretary of the state Health and Family Welfare department.Nirmal, an IAS officer of the 2011 batch, was removed from his position a few days ago, after he was caught on camera thrashing a man inside a police station. The state government on Tuesday wrote to the Election Commission of India (ECI), seeking permission for transferring Nirmal and as soon as the nod was received, the state effected the transfer. The nod of ECI was necessary as DMs are electoral officers. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalA state government notification further informed that Mahua Banerjee will be posted as the Commissioner of the Health and Family Welfare department until further orders. Banerjee was holding the charge of Commissioner in the state Information & Cultural Affairs department and is the CEO of Nandan. It may be mentioned that Falakata police station at Alipurduar had arrested one Binod Sarkar for making objectionable comments against the wife of Nirmal on her Facebook page. Following his arrest, the DM went to the police station and thrashed Sarkar. His wife Nandini Krishnan was also present during the assault. The video footage of the incident went viral on social media, following which Nirmal was sent on a 10 day leave by the state government. Additional District Magistrate (Development) of the district Chiranjib Ghosh was acting as the DM. Meanwhile, it has been learnt that the police have started a fresh case against Sarkar on the basis of a fresh complaint by Krishnan, who had alleged that Sarkar had beaten up one of her close friends.