In May 2023, Incognito Blog reported that Google was launching a passkey feature to phase out passwords. This is now going to be offered as a default option, prompting users to Skip password when possible, in Google Account Settings.
Passkeys work by using public key cryptography to create a unique digital key pair for each user. The private key is stored securely on the user’s device, while the public key is shared with websites and services. When a user wants to log in to a website or service, they simply use their private key to authenticate themselves.
Users can simply use the biometric authentication on the device, like the Touch ID or Face ID, to log in to websites and online services (YouTube etc.). This makes the login process 40% faster, easier and more secure than traditional passwords.
The new technology is offering a promising solution to the problems associated with traditional passwords.