Say goodbye to the hassle of remembering long passwords and welcome to the future of authentication with Google’s Passkeys.
In a major move towards a password-free future, Google has introduced a new solution called “passkeys” that allows users to sign in to their Google accounts without a password. With passkeys, a pre-authenticated device will act as a cryptographic key, enabling users to log in to their accounts securely. This new feature is available on all major platforms, including Google’s web and mobile applications. By introducing passkeys, Google aims to make its users’ online experience more seamless, secure, and user-friendly.
What are Passkeys?
The days of trying to remember a long list of passwords may soon be over, as passkeys pave the way for a more secure and convenient future of authentication.
Passwords may soon become a thing of the past as a new, more secure authentication method called “passkeys” is being introduced to apps and websites. With passkeys, users will no longer need to rely on weak and easily hacked passwords. Instead, they can use a fingerprint, face scan, or screen lock PIN to log in to their accounts. Passkeys are not only more secure than traditional passwords, but they are also easier to use, making the login process more seamless for users. Passkeys are designed to resist online attacks like phishing, which is a significant vulnerability for traditional passwords.
How to Set Up a Passkey on Your Google Account?
In a world where cyber-attacks are becoming more common, traditional passwords have become a weak link in the chain of online security. They are not only difficult to remember but can also be compromised by hackers, putting users’ personal information at risk.
However, Google’s passkeys offer a new solution to this problem. Currently, passkeys are only available for personal Google accounts, but those who want to secure their accounts with passkeys can easily do so by following this detailed guide. Follow the steps below:
Step 1: Open your Google/Gmail account.
Step 2: Navigate to the left-hand side of the window and click on the Security option.
Step 3: Go to the How you sign in to Google section and click on the Passkeys option.
Step 4: After clicking on the Passkeys option, a prompt will appear asking you to verify your identity.
Step 5: Select the Use passkeys option located under the Start using your passkeys section.
Step 6: Once you have successfully set up passkeys for your Google account, a prompt will appear stating that You can now use your passkeys to sign in. Tap on Done.
You can also generate a passkey via clicking on the Create a Passkey option. A prompt advising you that a passkey can not be generated on this device will appear if you are using a device that is unable to create a passkey.
To proceed, simply click on the “Use another device” option. From there, you can scan a QR code using your smartphone or tablet to create a new passkey. Once your passkey is configured, you can access your account with a phone, tablet, external security key, or built-in sensor.
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Say Goodbye to “Passwords” & Say Hello to “Passkeys”
Although 2-Step Verification (2SV) and passwords will continue to function for Google Accounts, passkeys will serve as an alternative option for users to sign in with. Google appears to be committed to a full transition to passkeys, a process that is expected to take some time to complete.