In the fall, Apple will release a new version of the operating system for iPhone, iPad and Mac.
One of the big news here is that the company is finally introducing so-called passport keys, which practically mean thank you and goodbye password if you’re an Apple user.
Starting with iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and macOS 14 (Sonoma), it is the Apple ID that will act as the entry key for all Apple services.
It is set automatically
So it may sound complicated, but it should be very easy to use. according to lifehacker You don’t have to do much after upgrading.
The website says that Apple will automatically assign a passkey to your Apple ID. This will be stored in your iCloud Keychain with end-to-end encryption and synced across devices.
All you need to do to sign in to iCloud or other accounts associated with your Apple ID is verify yourself with your fingerprint or facial recognition.
Apple has supported passkeys since iOS 16, but with upcoming updates only they are supported on the Apple website and passkeys are assigned to users automatically.
More secure than passwords
But why are passkeys better than passwords?
Naturally, you don’t have to enter the long, complicated password that all services require you to create, preferably made up of uppercase letters, numbers, special characters, three frog legs, and a unicorn horn.
A passkey is a cryptographically generated key that must be unique to the account and device it was generated from. In fact, it consists of two separate keys, a key pair.
One is public in the app or website you’re using, while the other is private and stored only on your device. A key pair handles the authentication process between your device and the app/website seamlessly, according to PCMag technology site.
There is nothing to remember on the user’s side. As mentioned, you can use biometric verification such as fingerprints or facial recognition to verify your identity.
Additionally, it would be more difficult for hackers because it would require physical access to a device to log in.
Follow Google and Microsoft
By the way, Google introduced passkeys for Google accounts last month. Microsoft also has for a while.
So far, there aren’t many other apps or websites that support the technology, PC Mag writes, but it has to come now that the IT giants are starting to catch up.
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