Apple iPhones to get this ‘major’ security bump with iOS 13.3 – Gadgets Now

Apple already has its iPhones on the latest iOS version, which for now is the iOS 13.2.2. However, iOS 13.3 is said to arrive before the end of this year. And while it may or may not have several new features, it will probably have a major addition in the ‘security’ area. As found in the second developer beta version of iOS 13.3, the version will bring Lightning FIDO2-compliant security key support. This feature, as noticed by macrumours, was already there in the first beta, but it has been detailed by the firm now in the release notes.

“Now supports NFC, USB, and Lightning FIDO2-compliant security keys in Safari, SFSafariViewController, and ASWebAuthenticationSession using the WebAuthn standard, on devices with the necessary hardware capabilities,” states the release note. This means that with iOS 13.3, the Safari browser on your iPhone will support physical security keys such as Lightning-equipped YubiKey.

What is a physical security key and how does it affect you?

For starters, physical security keys are a piece of hardware that can be plugged to your PC (and soon iPhone) to authenticate the user. This is considered to be a more secure way of authenticating a user than 2FA (Two-factor authentication) method that is currently used in most places. With Safari browser supporting this key, you can plug in the device and log in to different services and apps. The support has already been there on Safari for Mac ever since the arrival of macOS Catalina in September.

There is no word on when exactly Apple plans to release its iOS 13.3 to all the users.

Apple’s Safari web browser, however, the last major one to support physical security keys. Others like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Microsoft Edge, all have support for security keys.


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