Chrome gets passkey support for easier, safer, phishing-proof sign-in
Chrome can now take advantage of new passkey technology developed by Google, Apple, and Microsoft to fix password login gaps.
Passkeys, which arrived in iOS 16 and macOS Ventura in recent weeks, most often use biometric verification on your phone or laptop to authenticate your access to an app or website. With Passkeys now available in Chrome, Google’s password manager can sync passwords across Chrome across devices and with Android itself.
The combination of having your hardware with you and passing biometrics is more secure than conventional passwords alone and flawed two-factor authentication systems like verification codes sent via SMS.
“We need to move to passwordless authentication,” Chrome product manager Ali Sarraf said in a blog post on Thursday. “Security keys are a much safer replacement for passwords and other phishing authentication factors. They can’t be reused, don’t leak into server vulnerabilities, and protect users from phishing attacks. .”
Passkeys remain uncommon in the real world so far. But websites and apps have started to support the technology. For example, PayPal added support for security keys in October.