Passwordless authentication system promises to make metaverse “more secure”

Passwordless authentication system promises to make metaverse "more secure"

Researchers at the Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT-AP) in India have developed a new passwordless authentication system that promises to make interactions within virtual environments such as the metaverse much safer and less prone to tampering.

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According to the scientists involved in the project, these modules combine three different authentication techniques: attested device verification, responsive facial recognition, and physical security keys that work individually in real time.

“The metaverse concept promotes the sustainable growth of human civilizations by improving communication on a virtual platform. In this scenario, the security of a person’s digital identity is our main concern”, explains Professor Sibi Chakkaravarthy, co-author of the study.

MetaSecure

The new authentication system, dubbed MetaSecure, is designed to significantly increase the security of those venturing into the metaverse, protecting those users as they engage in a variety of different virtual activities.

According to the researchers, these validation devices can protect a wide variety of sensitive data, including digital assets, online identities, personalized avatars, NFTs or any type of financial information present in a virtual wallet.

“The user registers his device and the physical security key. To login, he needs to pass the three security checks. The uniqueness of MetaSecure lies in the use of standards that ensure that everyone in the metaverse is genuine, a key factor in controlling the number of fake users on virtual reality platforms”, adds scientist Aditya Mitra, co-author of the study.

passwordless authenticator

One of MetaSecure’s advantages over other existing passwordless authentication systems is its implementation of three different layers of validation — including device verification — a technique known to be very difficult to bypass.

In addition, this new three-step authentication system has a simple and easy-to-use software development kit that can be implemented on virtually any electronic device, including virtual or augmented reality equipment.

“In the future, authentication systems like MetaSecure can help protect the metaverse, preventing a variety of incidents and data breaches, such as avatar theft and many other cyber crimes that can occur on virtual platforms,” concludes Chakkaravarthy.

Source: arXiv