“Michael Barrett cringes every time he has to enter a password on his smartphone,” Byron Acohido reports for USA Today. “But six months from now Barrett says he will be able to choose from the latest Android models that will come equipped with a biometric sensor capable of letting him swipe his fingerprint to access a wide range of his online accounts.”

“That’s the scenario being proactively pursued by the FIDO Alliance, a group of 48 tech companies, led by PayPal and Lenovo, hustling to implement a milestone technical standard,” Acohido reports. “‘The intention of FIDO is absolutely that it will allow consumers to have access to mobile services that they can use with very low friction, while keeping good security,’ says Barrett, president of the FIDO Alliance.”

Acohido reports, “Apple’s latest iPhone model features a much-ballyhooed fingerprint sensor, called Touch ID, that can be used to lock and unlock the phone, as well as authenticate the user to purchase digital media on iTunes. Touch ID, for the moment, is not FIDO-compliant… However, Barrett says Touch ID could easily be adapted to FIDO. ‘Our view is that it’s possible Apple might choose to start using FIDO, but that’s probably a couple of years out.’ … Silicon Valley start-up Nok Nok Labs is developing the first servers to facilitate FIDO services.”

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MacDailyNews Take: They call it FIDO because it’s a dog. A slow, late one, at that.

Apple: “Here’s what all of you knockoff peddlers will be trying to copy next year.”

Knockoff peddlers: “Sir, yes, sir! Thank you, sir, may I have another?!”

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