Google’s Chrome web browser now supports passkeys, which are unique identification markers kept on a personal computer, phone, or USB security device, in yet another step toward a password-free future. Passkeys eliminate the need for a password. Websites that have integrated Google’s Passkey APIs will be able to authenticate you without requesting any additional information.
Passwords are becoming increasingly obsolete and ineffective in protecting our data. They can be phished, exposed in data breaches, or cracked. Passkeys, on the other hand, cannot be reused, do not leak in server breaches, and protect users from phishing assaults, according to Google in a blog post.
Passkeys can be used for authentication on sites that allow them, similar to how you unlock your phone. This can be accomplished by fingerprint authentication or by assigning a unique PIN. Google Chrome for Android, Windows 11, and macOS now supports passkeys. Passkeys will be “securely synchronized through Google Password Manager or, in future versions of Android, any other password manager that supports passkeys,” according to Google.
When you generate a passkey, you can use it to sign in to sites that support it. On a PC, you can even login in with a passkey from your phone. Passkeys, according to Google, will not leave your device when you sign in to a service. They operate by exchanging a secure code created at random with the site or service that supports them.
Google Chrome has stated that passwordless login will be available soon. For identification, the popular browser will now use biometric sensors such as a fingerprint or facial recognition, PIN, or pattern. If you have trouble remembering passwords and wind up using the same one for every single account, you are not alone.
According to a SpyCloud investigation of 1.7 billion username and password combinations, 64% of people reuse passwords compromised in one breach for other accounts. We have an infinite amount of accounts in the digital world we live in, from social media to banking, and remembering the seemingly hundreds of passwords is challenging to say the least.
Worse, even then, your accounts are not truly secure. The amount of hacking and data theft events increased exponentially in 2022. According to statistics, over 15 billion credentials have been exposed to the dark web, with around 54% of them resulting in credential theft. Passwords are no longer sufficient. As a result, many platforms and service providers are going toward passwordless authentication. Google Chrome has now joined the fray.
As part of the FIDO partnership, Microsoft, Okta, LastPass, and Google declared in March that they were moving toward easy passwordless logins. Users will be able to create passkeys to log into their Android devices using Google Chrome’s new passwordless functionality. According to Venture Beat, the shift toward passwordless authentication is a realization of the inherent ineffectiveness of password-based security.
Passkeys, according to Google’s announcement blog, are a substantially safer replacement for passwords and other phishable authentication factors. They are non-reusable, do not leak in server breaches, and protect users from phishing assaults. Passkeys are built on industry standards, function across several operating systems and browser ecosystems, and can be used for both websites and apps, according to the company.
What is Passwordless Authentication?
Passwordless authentication is a method of logging in to a computer system that does not need the user to enter a password or any other knowledge-based secret. In most popular implementations, users have requested to input their public identifier (username, phone number, email address, etc.). Then provide secure evidence of identity via a registered device or token.
Passwordless authentication methods typically rely on public-key cryptography infrastructure. In this, the public key is provided during registration to the authenticating service. While the private key is kept on a user’s device. It can only be accessed by providing a biometric signature or another non-knowledge-based authentication factor.
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