Google has announced the global rollout of passkeys to Google Account users.
Passkeys synchronize a user’s authentication across all their devices through the cloud, using cryptographic key pairs, making it harder for hackers to remotely access accounts without physical access to the user’s device.
Users can sign in to websites and apps using the same biometrics or screen-lock PIN they use to unlock their devices.
This comes nearly a year after Google, Apple, Microsoft and the FIDO Alliance announced a collaboration to make passwordless logins a reality.
What Passkeys are
Passkeys are a new way to sign in to apps and websites. They’re both easier to use and more secure than passwords, so users no longer need to rely on the names of pets, birthdays or the infamous “password123.”
Instead, passkeys let users sign in to apps and sites the same way they unlock their devices: with a fingerprint, a face scan or a screen lock PIN. And, unlike passwords, passkeys are resistant to online attacks like phishing, making them more secure than things like SMS one-time codes.