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Google has announced that it will be introducing support for passkeys, providing a more secure and user-friendly way to log in to Google accounts. This move comes after the company’s recent partnership with the FIDO Alliance and the World Wide Web Consortium to work on developing this new feature.
Passkeys are an industry standard that has been developed to provide a more secure and user-friendly way to log in to online accounts. Unlike traditional passwords, which are easily hackable, passkeys allow users to sign in to their accounts using biometric data such as a fingerprint, face scan, or screen lock PIN. Passkeys are also resistant to phishing attacks, which are a major problem with traditional passwords.
Google’s passkey integration will work on Apple devices, as well as on other devices that support the feature. Apple was the first company to integrate passkeys into their operating system with the launch of iOS 16, and it is also available in iPadOS 16.1 and later as well as macOS Ventura. This means that Google passkeys will be compatible with Apple devices, making it easier for users to switch from one device to another without having to worry about their passkeys being lost.
To create a passkey, Google users can log in to their account and choose the “Create a passkey” option. Passkeys on iOS and Mac devices sync with iCloud Keychain for security purposes, and logins are authenticated with Face ID or Touch ID. This protects users from being locked out of their accounts in case they lose their devices and makes it easier to upgrade from one device to another.
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Google has stated that the switch to passkeys will take time, which is why traditional passwords and two-step verification will still work for Google accounts. However, the company is encouraging users to switch to passkeys as they become more widely available.
Google is not the only company to implement support for passkeys in recent months, with other companies such as PayPal, Best Buy, eBay, Dashlane, and Kayak also introducing the feature. As the demand for more secure and user-friendly login methods continues to grow, we can expect to see more companies adopting passkeys in the future.