The FIDO Alliance today launched its online authentication barometer to track the adoption of secure authentication technologies by the general public. The Online Authentication Barometer provides basic information on the status of online authentication in 10 countries around the world, including six in Asia Pacific (APAC), with future versions of the barometer capable of comparing changes in behavior and attitudes over time.
It reveals that biometrics, such as the use of fingerprints and facial scans, are used by at least 40% of people and are by far the most popular form of online authentication, just after passwords. . The barometer highlights how widely the adoption of biometrics for online authentication varies internationally, but all countries surveyed reported that at least 25% of the population used biometrics to some extent.
Biometrics is the most popular of the possession-based, password-less authentication options, and Barometer data reveals why. More than 3 in 10 respondents in APAC viewed biometrics as the safest way for people to verify their identity online, aligning with the global trend. It was also the most popular method to log into their online accounts, apps and smart devices, accounting for 29% of those surveyed.
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“Time and time again we see data breaches, ransomware and other attacks that exploit vulnerabilities associated with passwords and other forms of ‘what you know’ authentication, including OTPs as a second factor, “said Andrew Shikiar, Executive Director and CMO of the FIDO Alliance.” The industry as a whole needs to move towards possession-based factors such as biometrics and non-key security keys. susceptible to remote attacks such as phishing, credential stuffing, and various forms of social engineering that are frankly difficult if not impossible for the average user to detect. We are excited to establish and share the Online Authentication Barometer as a mechanism to track our collective progress towards a safer and more secure networked economy. “
The Online Authentication Barometer also found encouraging data on people actively taking steps to protect their accounts from being hacked or compromised. The vast majority (84%) of APAC residents have taken action, which suggests high levels of awareness of password security issues. However, although biometrics are recognized for better security, 18% of respondents still consider passwords the safest way to authenticate online, and 13% believe SMS OTPs are the most secure. It was ahead of some of the more powerful methods available today, including authentication software (8%) and physical security keys (4%).
Of the 15% who took no action to improve their online safety, the majority said they didn’t know how (38%), 27% said it was too complicated and 18% thought it was a data breach or hack wouldn’t. happen to them.