A Web standards milestone could point to the end of the road for pesky passwords. The new standard, WebAuthn, has won near-final approval from the World Wide Web Consortium. WebAuthn defines a standard API that can be incorporated into browsers and Web infrastructure. It opens the door for new ways for users to authenticate themselves on the Internet that are more secure and convenient than passwords. “Security on the Web has long been a problem which has interfered with the many positive contributions the Web makes to society,” said W3C CEO Jeff Jaffe.