Today, passwords are critical for online security, but threats such as phishing, trickery, and poor secret phrase hygiene continue to put customers at risk. Google has long been aware of these concerns, which is why we’ve implemented safeguards such as 2-Step Verification and Google Passwords Manager.
However, in order to fully address secret key challenges, we need to move past passwords entirely, which is why we’ve been planning for a passwordless future for more than a decade.
Now, in honour of World Password Day, we’re announcing a major milestone in this journey: we plan to provide passwordless support for FIDO Sign-in principles in Android and Chrome. Apple and Microsoft have also announced that they will support the organisation. This will work for sign-ins on all devices, websites, and apps, regardless of platform, without the need for a single secret key. These talents will be available for the rest of the year.
How will a future without passwords work?
When you login into a site or application on your phone, you will just open your phone — your record will no longer require a secret key.
If everything else is equal, your phone will save a FIDO certification called a passkey, which is used to log into your online account. Because it relies on open key cryptography and is possible visible to your internet-based account when you unlock your phone, the passkey makes marking unquestionably safer.
To sign into a website on your PC, all you need is your phone close by, and you’ll be prompted to open it for access. You won’t need your phone after that, and you’ll be able to sign in just by opening your computer. Your passkeys will securely match up to your new phone via cloud reinforcement, allowing you to access the most recent relevant point of interest even if you lose your phone.
Making the transition to password-free
This passkey will get us closer to the password-free future that we’ve been imagining for more than a decade.
We’re enthusiastic about what the future holds for a passkey. Regardless, we recognise that this innovation will require investment in order for it to be available on everyone’s devices and for site and application developers to utilise it. As we make this transition, passwords will continue to play a vital role in our lives, so we’ll continue to focus on making everyday sign-ins safer and more convenient with tools like Google Password Manager.