Google is actively promoting passkeys as the future of authentication, making them the default method for personal accounts. Passkeys offer a password-free sign-in experience, with Google integrating support for them into Android OS and Chrome in October 2022 and extending this to personal Google accounts in May 2023. With passkeys as the default, users will receive prompts to create and use passkeys for all future sign-ins, eliminating the need for traditional passwords.
However, for those who prefer, passkeys remain optional, and users can switch back to traditional password login if desired, though enabling passkeys is recommended for enhanced security.
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How are Passkeys different from passwords?
Passkeys differ from traditional passwords in several ways. Firstly, they offer enhanced security by being longer and more complex, yet they don’t require memorization. Passkeys are securely stored on your device and authenticated with web servers using a handshake protocol, allowing you to log in using biometrics or other secure methods.
Secondly, passkeys exhibit high resistance to hacking attempts. Your private key is safely stored on your device and is impervious to interception. The server presents a challenge sequence that only the private key can accurately solve, preventing unauthorized access even if the public key is compromised.
Lastly, passkeys are immune to phishing attacks. Providing a passkey to a third party is infeasible, thwarting phishing attempts that aim to trick users into logging in on fraudulent web forms.
How to enable Passkeys
Click on ‘Security.’
Select ‘Passkeys’ under ‘How you sign into Google.’
Click the ‘Use passkeys’ button.
At the bottom, click ‘Create a Passkey.’
Verify and confirm the information associated with the newly created passkey.
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