Facebook made several exciting announcements at its recent F8 developer conference. There was the launch of Facebook Spaces, talk of augmented reality and some exciting new features for Messenger.
Our favorite announcement, though, came when Facebook announced a roadmap to transition users away from passwords.
The plan is not going to happen overnight, but Facebook has already started the process. At F8, the company launched a closed beta version of Delegated Account Recovery, which will provide login assistance for users on affiliated third party websites. This program will allow Facebook to act as a backup security key when users cannot access their accounts. Users who forget their passwords for other sites will be able to use knowledge-based questions (like photo recognition) to recover their accounts.
The goal is to limit the amount of personally-identifiable information that users have to distribute when logging into accounts.
“We want to make sure we can let you use [identifying] information to keep yourself secure, but not have to trade your privacy,” state Facebook security engineer Brad Hill. “Right now you tell your mother’s maiden name to 500 different places and if any one of them gets hacked, then you’re vulnerable everywhere.”
As of right now, developers must apply to use Facebook’s technology, but eventually it will be open-sourced.
Since the program is still in its beta version, that means there is plenty of room for growth and innovation. One way that Facebook can make this service even better is to add a voice biometric identity verification component. Voice authentication is one of the most convenient —and secure — ways to authenticate an end user.