In a major move to bolster cybersecurity, Google has announced its decision to make passkeys the primary login method for personal Google Accounts. Users are expected to start receiving prompts encouraging them to adopt the passwordless system, using passkeys, when accessing their accounts.
The announcement came via a blog post by Sriram Karra, Senior Product Manager, and Christiaan Brand, Group Product Manager. They shared that Google has seen encouraging feedback since the introduction of passkey support earlier this year. Users have been increasingly employing this mobile-based authentication method across popular Google applications, including YouTube, Search, and Maps.
Passkeys are poised to change the digital landscape by offering a simpler and more secure login method. To utilize passkeys, users only need to unlock their devices using a fingerprint or face scan, or by entering their PIN. Google says passkeys are 40 percent faster than traditional passwords, and their reliance on a specific cryptographic method makes them considerably more secure.
One of the primary advantages of passkeys is that they eliminate the need to remember complex passwords laden with numbers and special characters. Furthermore, they offer resistance to phishing attempts.
However, Google acknowledges the transitionary phase of this technological shift. While passkeys present a significant advancement, the company realizes that completely sidelining passwords may take time. Consequently, users will still have the option to sign in using passwords and can opt-out of passkeys by deactivating the “Skip password when possible” feature.
Highlighting the growing industry-wide acceptance, Google revealed that platforms like Uber and eBay have integrated passkeys, allowing users the choice to forgo passwords during login.
Recent developments indicate a shift towards passwordless authentication. In September, the password manager platform, 1Password, introduced passkey support for its iOS users, with plans to extend this feature to Android users once Google finalizes the required APIs. August saw hints of WhatsApp embracing passkeys, aligning with its objective to provide a “simple way to sign in safely.”
Google remains optimistic about the future of passkeys and is keen on promoting its widespread adoption. By championing the pivot to passkeys, Google envisions a digital ecosystem where passwords become increasingly rare and eventually obsolete.
Source: The Keyword
October 11, 2023 – by the FindBiometrics Editorial Team