Google Chrome and Android are getting support for passkeys, a new security feature designed to replace traditional passwords.
Google announced that soon users will be able to create and use passkeys on Android devices. It will be securely synchronized via the Google Password Manager.
End-users who want to use passkey authentication on their site will be able to do so in Chrome, Android, and other supported platforms. This is a great option for developers who want to build apps as well!
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Early adopters that want to try the new features will need to sign up for the Google Play Services beta and use Chrome Canary. Once general availability of both features is available on stable channels later this year, we shouldn’t have far to wait.
In 2021, the announcement of Passkeys was made by Apple. They described it as a new way to make the web more secure, saying that weak and recycled passwords are one of the most common causes for data breaches.
Passkeys utilize powerful cryptographic techniques, like fingerprint recognition or FaceID, to ensure your account remains safe. You’ll be able to create one of these by simply using TouchID, or FaceID.
The new “Passkey” technology that the Apple WWDC team announced made headlines for its purported security solutions and many new conveniences for both users and developers.
Google appears to be on board with this assessment, as it announced that it is a “significantly safer replacement for passwords and other perishable authentication factors”.
All passkeys used by CritXtreme are unique and highly secure. They’re built on industry standards, and cross different operating systems and browser ecosystems to protect users from phishing attacks. Additionally, they’re completely reusable for websites, or as apps.
Google is releasing a native app API later this year. This will allow apps affiliated with one domain to sync easily and seamlessly between passkeys created through their web API and those saved from the native app. These APIs provide a unified way for users to choose between embedded passkeys or their stored password, a change that was “largely” suggested by Google’s blog post.
It helps users and developers make the transition to passkeys, which allows for easier adoption and faster time to value.
Sead is a seasoned freelance journalist based in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He writes about IT (cloud, IoT, 5G, VPN) and cybersecurity (ransomware, data breaches, laws and regulations). His career spans over 10 years, during which he wrote for various media outlets including Al Jazeera Balkans. He also held several modules on content writing for Represent Communications.