Google Makes Passkeys the New Standard, Urges Users to Ditch Passwords

“Easier to use than traditional login methods.”

SMEBROctober 11, 16:58
Google pushes for Passkeys, ditches passwords

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“Easier to use than traditional login methods.”

In a move to enhance online security, Google has announced that passkeys will now be the default sign-in method for all personal accounts on its network. Passkeys, which are considered the next evolution in online security, replace lengthy passwords with a four-digit PIN or biometric credentials for easy logins. This change aims to reduce the risk of phishing attacks and account takeovers.

The company will begin prompting users to switch from passwords to passkeys when signing into their Google accounts. Setting up a passkey is simple - users just need to go to Google's passkey website to create a PIN or connect their biometrics. Their smartphone then needs to be connected to complete passkey setup.

Kimberly Samra, security communications manager at Google said, “Easier to use than traditional login methods.”

There are specific requirements to use passkeys. On PCs, it is essential to have Windows 10 or later, while macOS Ventura is necessary for Macs. Smartphones must run Android 9 or iOS 16. The technology is currently compatible with a limited set of browsers, including Microsoft Edge, Safari, and Google Chrome, all of which should be updated to their latest versions.

For users who prefer not to use passkeys, Google offers the option to opt-out. This can be done through the Sign-in options page by disabling the "Skip Password When Possible" feature.

Google is not stopping at this change alone. The company is collaborating with select partners across various industries to expand the use of passkeys on Chrome and Android. Passkeys are already available on platforms like Uber and eBay, with plans to introduce them on WhatsApp soon. Google aims to encourage other platforms to adopt passkeys, ultimately rendering passwords obsolete.

With Google leading the way, the end of passwords might be closer than we anticipated. Passkeys offer a simpler, faster, and more secure way to access personal accounts, making online experiences smoother and safer for users.