Wednesday, December 7

Goodbye passwords: Google begins to use the unique access key | Digital Trends Spanish


Google is incorporating the passkey support on android, though you still won’t be able to use it without a few tweaks. The search giant shared that it would make the password removal feature available for testing today to users in the Google Play Services Beta or Chrome Canary, with general availability later in the year. In addition to Android and Chrome devices, passkeys were also previously available with Safari on iOS 16 and macOS Ventura.

Access keys are essentially intended to be a replacement for passwords. Instead of having to maintain an alphanumeric pattern for a particular site, however, they’ll use the device you’re likely to have in hand. Leveraging facial or fingerprint recognition support, or even pins, any operating system that supports passkeys will use your device to create a private key that interacts with a service’s public key. Both keys combined will be your passkey. You can use access keys along with passwords, or instead of them. They will be stored in your device’s password manager, including Google Password Manager and iCloud Keychain.

“Access keys are a significantly more secure replacement for passwords and other phishing authentication factors. They cannot be reused, are not filtered on server breaches, and protect users from phishing attacks. Passkeys are based on industry standards and work across different operating systems and browser ecosystems, and can be used for both websites and apps,” Google explained in a statement. blog post. The company also highlighted its important ease of use as it co-opts the password flow that already exists on most smartphones.

At this time, passkeys will only really work with web apps on Android. That’s still pretty handy, as you can also log into web apps on your PC if you have a passkey stored on your phone. Later, the company will let you create access keys with native apps, and we’ll move one step closer to a more secure, password-free future.

Passkeys aren’t the only security feature Google highlighted this week. The company went into details about new security features in the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, including the Titan M2 chip, Tensor G2, and its new Protected Computing initiative, which these two chips help facilitate.

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