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WebAuthn (Passkeys) CDA-First for Cross-Device Auth

Understanding the CDA-First Approach

With an increasing number of devices in our digital lives, the need for seamless authentication that spans across these devices has never been greater. This is where the Cross-Device Authentication (CDA) approach using passkeys comes into play, particularly through a mobile-first strategy.

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Why Mobile-First Makes Sense

Most modern mobile devices, regardless of operating system, now support passkeys. This universal compatibility coupled with the familiarity most users have with technologies like Bluetooth and QR codes makes a mobile-first approach not only viable but preferred. Mobile devices essentially act as a primary hub for authentication, ensuring a more streamlined and secure user experience across platforms.

Technical Insights: The Backbone of CDA
Defining the right settings for WebAuthn's PublicKeyCredentialCreationOptions and PublicKeyCredentialRequestOptions are central to implementing a robust CDA-first system. These configurations enhance the security of passkeys by ensuring they can be seamlessly used across different devices without compromising user safety.

Challenges and Limitations

Despite its advantages, the mobile-first CDA approach isn't without challenges. Dependence on mobile technology can be a double-edged sword, especially in environments where mobile devices may not be consistently available or in scenarios involving device loss or failure.

Future of Passkeys: Towards a More Connected Experience

The evolution of passkeys looks promising, with ongoing improvements aimed at making them more user-friendly and widely adopted. The potential for new WebAuthn extensions like PublicKeyCredentialHints offers exciting possibilities for even smoother cross-platform interactions.

Join the Evolution of Security

This approach not only simplifies the authentication process but also leverages common user behaviors and existing device capabilities to enhance security and usability. To explore detailed technical insights, please have a look at our full blog post.

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