Google Begins Rolling Out Passkeys, as a More Secure Way to Sign Into Apps and Websites

Claims passkeys are the first major step towards a “passwordless future”

Google Begins Rolling Out Passkeys, as a More Secure Way to Sign Into Apps and Websites

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The passkeys authentication system is built on protocols and standards of the FIDO Alliance

  • Passkeys authentication reduces the need to remember passwords
  • It will work only on supported websites and apps that have them enabled
  • Google claims that passkeys are resistant to online hacks and attacks

After nearly a decade of groundwork and a year of announcing support for the same, Google has finally begun rolling out support for the passkeys authentication system, that it claims is more secure than standard passwords and even a 2-step verification (2SV). Apple, Google, and Microsoft, a year ago, together announced that they would begin supporting the same passwordless technology that would greatly benefit users across all major platforms when it comes to security. However, this is just the first step as the system needs to be implemented by services as well.

Logging in with passkeys is as simple as using your biometric authentication method, whether that's a fingerprint reader or a face scanner on mobiles or laptops. It can also be authenticated using a regular device lock PIN and with physical authentication keys. Once the passkey has been created it solely resides in that particular device. Google explains that since passkeys are virtual, they cannot to be written down or be given to a bad actor, which makes it easier to prevent fraud.

When logging into a supported website or app from your mobile device or laptop, the passkey checks with your device's biometric system or typed in PIN (lock screen authentication method) to simply verify that it's you who are trying to log in and then logs you in. The biometric data as per Google is not shared online or stored in the cloud either, making the entire system quite safe as long as you don't use a simple PIN (0000, 1234) for unlocking your device.

Google claims that passkeys can be used as an additional method of authentication for now. So, it can currently be used alongside regular passwords and 2SV systems well.

Passkeys basically reduce the need to use long and complicated passwords, which are ideally supposed to be unique for every service or website a user visits. Remembering these is indeed a task given that many of us access number of websites and apps on a daily basis. Apart from remembering and keeping a track of them, standard passwords also need to be changed from time to time for security reasons. Therefore, switching to passkeys sure does seem like a simpler way out, for now.

Passkeys uses an authentication system that Google, Microsoft and Apple helped create several years ago as a part of the FIDO Alliance and the W3C WebAuthn working group. This also means that the solution works across multiple platforms and browsers, provided they have adopted this standard.

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Sheldon Pinto
Sheldon Pinto is based in Mumbai, and has several years of experience in reviewing smartphones and gadgets. As a Senior Reviewer at Gadgets 360, you will always find him deeply immersed in his reviews, switching from one phone to another. When the battery dies out, Sheldon is always browsing the web for a good sci-fi movie or reading up on cars and bikes. He also loves creating lists of interesting places to eat and travel. Sheldon is available on Twitter at @shellshocd, and you can mail him at ...More
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