APPLE is just days away from beginning its hacker-busting plan to kill passwords.
All iPhone owners have the opportunity to start binning passwords in favor of Apple’s nifty new alternative.
It may sound strange, but passwords are actually a very poor security system.
Cyber security experts have been warning about password failure for years.
Simple passwords are easy to guess – and even complicated ones can be hacked or leaked.
We’re now logging into more apps and services than ever before, and more of our personal lives are now online.
Now Apple is introducing passwordless sign-ins for iOS 16 iPhone and macOS Ventura for Mac later this year.
The big change was announced back in June at Apple’s WWDC 2022.
And it’ll take shape in September, when iOS 16 will launch alongside the rumored iPhone 14 – now just weeks away.
It works with a new system called Passkeys.
Instead of signing up (or logging in) to a website with a password, you use a passkey.
This is a digital key that you don’t need to remember.
And you simply authenticate who you are using your fingerprint (Touch ID) or face (Face ID) on an iPhone or Mac.
It’s just as quick to sign up and means you have a login that simply can’t be guessed or leaked.
Your passkeys are stored on your devices but synced across multiple gadgets using Apple’s iCloud Keychain – which already exists to track passwords.
Nobody can read your passkeys, including Apple.
And it means you can’t be tricked into providing a password by phishing — because you don’t have any information to share.
The ultimate plan is to make passkeys work on non-Apple devices as well, including Windows laptops and Android phones.
Both Microsoft and Google have been developing passwordless systems for years.
We expect the new iOS 16 to go live in September.
It’s currently in testing – you can join the iOS 16 public beta here.
Once iOS 16 is fully live, make sure to download and install it as soon as possible.
It could save you from dangerous hack attacks.
In the meantime, make sure your passwords are as strong as possible – and totally unique to each service.
You can already use Apple’s iCloud Keychain to automatically create complex passwords to store on your iPhone.
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