AN AMAZING new Google feature allows you to give up passwords for a more secure alternative.
Passwords are notoriously dangerous (even if you have a strong one), but a new Google Chrome update heralds a passwordless future.
With the latest Google Chrome update, you can now use passkeys.
They are designed to be a much more secure replacement for passwords.
“Passwords are typically the first line of defense in our digital lives,” said Google’s Ali Sarraf, Chrome product manager.
“However, they are at risk of being phished, leaked in data breaches, and even suffering from poor password hygiene.
“Google has long recognized these issues, which is why we built mitigations like 2-Step Verification and Google Password Manager.”
The problem with passwords is that they are often reused and can be leaked.
So even if you choose very strong passwords, it doesn’t necessarily protect you.
And you could end up being phished by a trickster who convinces you to unknowingly give them your information.
Passkeys work with the authentication system you would use to unlock your device.
So instead of storing a password for a website, you can simply unlock it with a face or fingerprint scan.
There is no password to remember.
And passkeys are an industry standard, so they work on both Android and iOS devices.
You can also use your passkey from a nearby phone when trying to log in with a desktop device.
“A passkey doesn’t leave your mobile device when you sign in like this,” Google explained.
“Only a securely generated code is exchanged with the website, so unlike a password, nothing could be leaked.”
You’ll be prompted to try passkeys when you log into a site that allows them.
Check your favorite websites and apps to see if they offer Passkey support.
Then go to your Google Chrome settings to manage your saved passkeys.
Unfortunately, not every website supports passkeys yet.
But they are becoming more and more popular over time, so you will find that more sites are offering this option.
It helps that Apple and Microsoft are also pushing passkeys, with the iPhone recently adding support for them in iOS 16.
“Our goal is to keep you as safe online as possible, and we’re excited to see what the future of passkeys will bring,” Google said.
“Enabling the use of passkeys in Chrome is an important milestone, but our work isn’t done yet.
“It will take time for this technology to be widely used across all websites and we are working to enable passkeys for iOS and Chrome OS.
“Passwords will continue to be a part of our lives during this transition, so we will continue to work to make traditional logins safer and easier through Google Password Manager.”
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