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Google: “Forgot” passwords, welcome passkeys

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A new era begins for billions of users of Google services around the world, who will be able to “forget” the passwords that allowed them to enter their accounts and get, instead, passkeys.

Thus, passwords are replaced by access keys (passkeys) that will, however, continue to serve as a means of entering accounts for those users who wish to do so.

With Access Keys, you can securely sign in to your Google account with it your fingerprintthe Face for you (face scan), the screen’s lock (Device screen lock) or your device’s security key to verify your identity. Set access keys Only on devices you own“Passkeys provide stronger protection against threats such as phishing,” we read on the Google website.

Password-based authentication has been standard on the Internet (and computers in general) for decades, but this system has serious security issues where other malicious users/attackers can try to steal access to your password or trick you into giving it to them through phishing attacks. Specifically designed to counter phishing attacks, the passkey system is based on a different model that uses encryption keys stored on your devices to verify the identity that gives access to each account,” Wired reports in an article, highlighting that Google is currently in the process of releasing technology that Password-Killing Tech, giving a huge boost to the tech industry’s transition to a passwordless future.

Companies like PayPal, Shopify, CVS Health, Kayak, and Hyatt have already started using passkeys. However, Google’s entry into this group is notable due to the company’s resources and sheer size.

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With information from Wired

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