You might have seen USB keys that act as U2F, or Universal Two-Factor, tools to authenticate your online identity. They’re handy little devices that add a second layer of protection to your web-based desktop or laptop activities. They’re also easy to lose.
Why bother carrying a small authentication dongle when you can use something else that you likely already have with you? That’s the question the Fast IDentity Online (FIDO) Alliance and Bluetooth SIG ask and answer with a simple solution: Why not just use your phone?
The two groups announced Wednesday that the FIDO Alliance has entered into a memorandum of understanding to enable handsets to act as a U2F authentication device over Bluetooth.
The concept makes sense because phones typically already have some level of security and identity built into them. Typically, your phone is your phone and represents a digital version of your personal information:
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