Say Goodbye to Passwords with Apple's Passkeys

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With iOS 17 and MacOS Sonoma, Passkeys Are Coming to Apple ID Login
Passkeys Are Coming to Apple ID Login / Apple

The way we protect our digital accounts and devices is constantly evolving, and Apple is at the forefront of this transformation. With the introduction of passkeys in iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and macOS Sonoma betas, Apple is revolutionizing the authentication landscape.

Say goodbye to the hassle of remembering complex passwords! Passkeys offer a convenient and secure alternative to traditional passwords. With passkeys, you no longer need to rely on passwords for authentication. Instead, passkeys provide device-specific authentication, offering a more robust and reliable security solution.

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Passkeys utilize cutting-edge WebAuthn technology to ensure secure authentication. When you create a passkey, it generates two keys: one key is stored by the website or service associated with your account, and the other is securely stored on your device.

This unique combination of keys establishes a strong cryptographic link between your identity and your device, enhancing the security of your online presence.

Are you worried about losing your passkey or damaging your device? Fear not! Passkeys can be backed up across multiple devices, ensuring you always have access to your accounts.

Furthermore, passkeys often provide additional authentication methods as a backup in emergencies. These methods may include using your phone number, email address, or even hardware security keys to regain access to your accounts.

While passkeys offer a password-free experience, some services still require passwords as an added precaution. For example, Gmail and other platforms may still ask for passwords in addition to passkeys to provide an extra layer of security.

Not to worry, as popular password vaults and managers like Apple and Google's solutions, 1Password, and Dashlane now support passkeys, making it easier to manage your online security.

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Passkeys are not limited to Apple's platforms alone. You can now use passkeys to sign in to various platforms, including social media platforms like Reddit. On iPhones, passkeys can even be scanned using QR codes, streamlining the sign-in process and making it more convenient.

Passkey functionality has been observed on Apple devices across different browsers. Whether using Chrome, Safari, or Arc, you can enjoy the benefits of passkeys.

However, it's important to note that passkey functionality on Windows PCs is currently limited to certain browsers, while Android devices still need to support passkeys. Nevertheless, there is hope for the future.

One of the key advantages of passkeys is their ability to sync seamlessly across all your Apple devices. This means that once you create a passkey on one device, it becomes available on all other Apple devices.

Screenshots demonstrating CVS pharmacy's passkey enrollment process on Safari for iPhone users.
Screenshots demonstrating CVS pharmacy's passkey enrollment process on Safari for iPhone users. / Stephen Shankland/CNET

Passkeys also enable convenient and secure biometric logins, utilizing features like Touch ID or Face ID to authenticate your Apple ID.

While passkeys are currently exclusive to Apple devices, passkey generation support on non-Apple devices is possible in the future. Browsers like Chrome or Edge on Android or Windows platforms may allow passkey generation for Apple ID sign-in. This expansion would provide users with a unified and secure authentication experience, regardless of their devices.

As Apple leads the charge in this authentication revolution, we can expect a future where passkeys become the key to unlocking a more secure and seamless online experience.