What is Passwordless Authentication?
Passwordless authentication is a modern approach to verifying a user’s identity without the need for a traditional password. Unlike the conventional method where a user’s inputted password is matched with a stored version in a database, passwordless authentication leverages more secure and user-friendly alternatives.
These can include one-time passcodes sent via email or SMS, push notifications, or even authentication tokens dispatched to a user’s trusted device. Other advanced methods encompass biometric scans or one time use QR codes or backup codes issued and delivered over non-conventional channels or obtained at trusted locations as offered by RainbowSecure.
Often, Passwordless Authentication is integrated with Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) and Single Sign-On (SSO) systems. This amalgamation is designed to not only elevate the security measures but also to streamline the user experience. Additionally, it aids in cutting down the operational challenges and costs tied to IT management. The overarching aim is to offer an authentication process that is both secure and user-centric, steering clear of the vulnerabilities inherent in traditional password systems.
In essence, the conventional password-based methods, with their known security flaws, cumbersome user interactions, and elevated maintenance expenses, are becoming obsolete in the face of evolving cybersecurity demands.