Motivation: The Problem With Passwords

In 2017 we already have up to 1,100 breaches with more than 170,000,000 exposed records.

- Identity Theft Resource Center
81% of data breaches in 2016 leveraged either weak and/or stolen passwords

- Verizon 2017 Data Breach Report
Each data breach cost $3.6 million on average, up 23% from 2013

- Ponemon Institute

What is FIDO?

FIDO is an Ecosystem for Standard-Based, Interoperable Authentication that helps enterprises and service providers with strong authentication solutions, reducing the reliance on passwords and preventing phishing, man-in-the-middle and replay attacks.

FIDO's Security & Privacy

The Social-ID’s Support for Passwordless and Second Factor Authentications

The Social-Id for CIAM platform is being upgraded to support passwordless and second factor authentication.

The Social-ID's passwordless solution will allow the users an easier and more fluid experience when logging in, allowing for authentication using one time passwords, biometrics and device interactions.

The Second Factor Authentication will make the Social-Id's security even stronger. The login will require user to confirm the authentication using a button or NFC tab on a usb key compatible with FIDO's U2F specifications.

The FIDO Alliance currently has two sets of specifications for simpler, stronger authentication: Universal Second Factor (U2F) and Universal Authentication Framework (UAF).

Passwordless UX (UAF)

"The passwordless FIDO experience is supported by the Universal Authentication Framework (UAF) protocol. In this experience, the user registers their device to the online service by selecting a local authentication mechanism such as swiping a finger, looking at the camera, speaking into the mic, entering a PIN, etc. The UAF protocol allows the service to select which mechanisms are presented to the user.

Once registered, the user simply repeats the local authentication action whenever they need to authenticate to the service. The user no longer needs to enter their password when authenticating from that device. UAF also allows experiences that combine multiple authentication mechanisms such as fingerprint + PIN."

  • User carries client device with UAF stack installed
  • User presents a local biometric or PIN
  • Website can choose whether to retain password

Second Factor UX (U2F)

"The second factor FIDO experience is supported by the Universal Second Factor (U2F) protocol. This experience allows online services to augment the security of their existing password infrastructure by adding a strong second factor to user login. The user logs in with a username and password as before. The service can also prompt the user to present a second factor device at any time it chooses. The strong second factor allows the service to simplify its passwords (e.g. 4–digit PIN) without compromising security.

During registration and authentication, the user presents the second factor by simply pressing a button on a USB device or tapping over NFC. The user can use their FIDO U2F device across all online services that support the protocol leveraging built–in support in web browsers."

  • User carries U2F device with built-in support in web browsers
  • User presents U2F device
  • Website can simplify password (e.g. – 4 digit pin)

Source: Fido website.

FIDO Use Cases


If you are interested in FIDO's framework applications with the Social-ID for a stronger and easier authentication experience, please contact our sales team.

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