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Hello Passkeys, Goodbye Passwords: Android Is Introducing Password- Replacing Keys That Will Be In Sync With Your Google Account

The FIDO (Fast Identify Online) Alliance is preparing a feature in Google Accounts where the users can sync their weak passwords with their Google Accounts too. The Android and Google Readying Support have introduced 'Passkeys' after 2 Factor Authentication (2FA) so you can use your weak passwords or reuse them. Passkeys will majorly help you when you are not in touch with your google accounts or passwords.

If this feature is adopted, you will not have to enter a password to sign in to a website, rather it will be cryptographic keys given by FIDO. This also includes the passwords that are auto-filled as they do in many websites and browsers. FIDO Alliance says, "During registration to any website, the Android device will automatically form a key pair. This way the authentication will be done when the user proves possession of a private key given to him.

So instead of passwords, we will have passkeys that will be in sync with our device. This feature will also be used by Apple devices via password manager. You still have to remember your actual google account and password when you want to switch to a new device but you must enter your passkey on the online pages only after the feature is activated.

FIDO stated, "The OS platform will sync passkeys just like a password manager and the cryptographic key will be used in all devices. This means the privacy and security of the user lie on the user's platform of use. This will also help in regenerating access to the devices when they are lost. Passkeys are all about authentication." FIDO is making its top priority to keep the authentic users with their verified accounts and passwords. Using Passkeys will help in more security and privacy as every user will have his own passkey that he will use whenever he can.

Apple Users are also up to use this feature and it is all mentioned in new strings by Google Play Services. Unfortunately, this feature isn't available in Play Services but soon it will be up for use. The main reason is that they need third party adoption too to make all this work. Google will encourage the users to use this feature and will begin a campaign with the slogan "Hello Passkeys, Goodbye Passwords" to start all this.


H/T: 9To5G.

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