One of the biggest password services has gotten official support for ‘passkeys’ — here’s how they work

One of the biggest password services has gotten official support for ‘passkeys’ — here’s how they work

Many of us are tired of eternal passwords, and a promising new solution to replace them is called “passkeys” – a technology that has been championed by many of the most prominent technology players.

Many have already started using passport keys, and now they have also subscribed to one of the key password services, reports among others the edge.

1Password with official support

1Password, the second largest password service by market share, Reports on his blog Official passkey support is now available on both the PC version of 1Password Via the browser extension for the service And in Mobile app for iOS17.

This means that you can save your password keys with 1Password and choose to use them to log in to all the pages you have registered with the password service via a single click – without filling anything out, and without using multi-factor workarounds.

Admittedly, there are still many Internet services that do not support passkeys, but the list of services that do support the technology is growing rapidly. 1Password A list of compatible services has been publishedthis contains a number of well-known players such as Amazon, Adobe, Google, Microsoft, PayPal, and TikTok.

Passkeys are a new solution that the three giants Google, Apple and Microsoft have officially started implementing in their services (subscription status).

Developed by FIDO Alliance

The technology you developed Fido AllianceIt means users can log in to online services by simply unlocking their mobile phones or other devices using the usual two-factor authentication methods, such as fingerprint, PIN or facial scan.

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Like 1Password He explains on their websitethe solution works by first generating a private/public key pair for the website you’re going to log in to, which happens entirely locally on the device you’re using.

The public key is sent to the website where it is stored, while the private key is stored securely on the device used for authentication, such as a mobile phone. The next time you log in, the website creates a “test” that is signed with the private key, and then the full signature is sent to the website.

The website then uses a copy of the user’s public key to verify the authenticity of the signature.

Simple and safe

One of the advantages of passkeys is that they are easier to use, because the user does not need to fill out or remember any login data. The solution is also more secure, as the private key is never shared with the website and both keys are needed to access the account.

If a hacker obtains the public key, that person still does not have access, and the public key cannot be used to reveal the private key. Unlike passwords, passkeys are also strong and unique by default, as they are not created by the user themselves.

The further penetration of the passport key solution is of course conditional on the adoption of the technology by as many services as possible, and here there is still a long way to go.

Hanisi Anenih

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