The era of passwords might be on the brink of fading into history. However, at this moment, it’s quite common to find yourself managing a blend of accounts secured by traditional passwords, multi-factor authentication, and passkeys. In fact, there are instances where you have multiple security measures in place for the same account.
Now Google’s upcoming Credential Manager is scheduled to launch on November 1st. It has the potential to ease this confusion, meaning you may not need to transition to an alternative password management solution.
The tool serves as a one-stop destination for all your login requirements. It stores all your credentials, simplifying the use of passkeys.
How Google’s Credential Manager is Solving Password Puzzles?
Google initiated testing Credential Manager early this year, and it has made significant progress since then. However, it’s essential to understand that Credential Manager isn’t a downloadable app; consider it a background function designed to enhance your overall security experience.
At present, if you’re using a password manager, particularly Google’s, you might have various password options saved for your single account. For instance, if you moved from passwords to passkeys, you may find both stored in your password manager application. The Credential Manager aims to address this issue.
After your Android device receives the update, it will display a Credential Manager option. After this when you interact with a username or password field, whether on a website or within an Android application. This card will then provide you with the most user-friendly login method for all your accounts associated with that particular website or application. As an example, if the app or website offers support for passkeys, the tool will recommend that users log in with passkeys for enhanced security. However, in cases where passkeys aren’t supported, you can use the saved password for your regular login.
The Credential Manager is intended to complement the existing password managers you have installed on your smartphone, rather than serving as a replacement. You’ll have the choice to log in using your existing password manager, and if you happen to have multiple password managers, you’ll be presented with multiple options to select from.
Experiencing the complete advantages of the Credential Manager might take some time. Since it depends on app developers choosing to support it, which is an optional decision on their part. Additionally, it’s important to note that this functionality is exclusive to Android. Nonetheless, it represents a significant stride toward a future that balances convenience and security.