Wave goodbye to passwords and hello to passkeys as Google takes a leap into the future of online security. In a recent announcement, Google unveiled that passkeys are coming to Google accounts on all major platforms, replacing passwords and two-step verification codes. Google users can now embrace a simpler, more secure, and hassle-free way to sign in.
As part of the FIDO Alliance, tech giants like Google, Apple, and Microsoft are pushing for passkeys, a cryptographic keys solution that offers an alternative to traditional passwords. By using a local PIN or your device's biometric authentication, such as a fingerprint or Face ID, passkeys make signing in a breeze. Since biometric data isn't shared with third parties and passkeys are stored only on your devices, security risks are significantly reduced.
With passkeys in place, Google will prompt users for verification during sign-ins or when suspicious activity is detected. Compatible hardware, such as iPhones running iOS 16 and Android devices running Android 9, will store passkeys for Google accounts. Plus, popular password managers like Dashlane and 1Password will soon support passkey sharing across devices.
Need to use someone else's device temporarily? Google has you covered. A one-time sign-in option lets you access your account without permanently transferring the passkey. However, remember to avoid creating passkeys on shared devices for ultimate security.
If you lose your device or suspect unauthorized access, you can easily revoke passkeys via Google account settings. Google's Advanced Protection Program users can also opt for passkeys instead of physical security keys.
Andrew Shikiar, executive director of the FIDO Alliance, praised Google's announcement, anticipating it would serve as a tipping point for widespread passkey adoption. As the technology becomes more familiar, Google plans to scrutinize other sign-in methods, paving the way for a complete transition to passkeys.
While it may take some time for passkey support to be universally adopted, this announcement is a massive stride towards a password-free future. With Google leading the charge, we can expect other companies to follow suit, making online security more efficient and hassle-free than ever before.