Effectively Integrating FIDO to Boost Security of Apps or Webpages

by Virginia Wilbur

Planning to integrate FIDO on your webpages? This is the latest and the newest when it comes to optimizing the security of your applications or webpages. To implement the FIDO Authentication, you need to make the following changes to on the app:

· Change the login as well as the registration of your webpage or mobile apps to apply the FIDO protocols.

· Authenticating FIDO authentication requests or registration.

· The succeeding parts provide an overview of what steps you need to undertake for both changes.

Changing Register and Log in
Integrating FIDO authentication to your webpage login and registering accounts require simple modification. You need to decide are you going to utilize FIDO as your site’s first-factor verification (without the need for a password) or a second-factor verification. There are other things you need to consider that goes into when deciding. The good thing is that it does not matter whether you will use FIDO for the first or second factor, the process of implementing it is quite similar.

Adding FIDO on your web page registration is as easy as contacting the perfect registration API call. The API calls will require your app to take a challenge from the server and forward it to its matching API call.

The server will ensure the challenge given to the authenticator corresponds to the one that it receives. This means that your app will require some session handling to monitor the challenge as well as the user’s account.

Once you have completed the API call, the JSON message will then sent back to the server, and then it will validate the challenge, origin, signature, and other essential security features of the registration message. When validating the message, the FIDO has the description of the validations that a server should carry out.

The server will then inform if the registration failed or succeeded. It is also essential to take note that each user’s account has several authenticators registered with it. The UX flows enable users to add several authenticators with different names.

Log In
Log in process with FIDO is the same with registration. It’s like having a registration call for every FIDO specification. Just like login API call, you need a challenge from the server. It depends on the API. It may require additional information.

Integrating a FIDO Server
There are several manners to add a FIDO server with the current authentication process it is best to include them all comprehensively. For instance, a FIDO server can be integrated with your application or web server. It can be offered as a module in the current IAM framework, for broader and sophisticated services, or a stand-alone server or a combination.

Likewise, FIDO can be added with an application-specific user data store, with Active directory, and others. The various type of back-end verification designs makes it hard to discuss the facts of FIDO server integration.

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