Google Accounts now work with passkeys

Google announced support for Passkeys, allowing people to sign in to their Google Account without using a password

Google will require people to generate a new passkey per device, with the company saying access to your account will only be granted if the cryptographic private key stored on the device matches the one stored on Google’s servers.

When you sign in, we ask your device to sign a unique challenge with a private key Your device only does so if you authorize it by unlocking the device. Then we verify the signature with your public key.

However, setting up a new passkey on a new device is as easy as it sounds and once done, users will need to authenticate using their usual biometrics, be it something like Face ID or a fingerprint.

On the new device, you simply select the “Use a passkey from another device” option and follow the prompts. It doesn’t automatically transfer the passkey to the new device, it just uses your phone’s screen lock and proximity to authorize one-time sign-in. If the new device supports storing its own passkeys, we’ll ask separately if you want to create one there

It’s still early days for passkeys and more and more websites and services are starting to support them You’ll need to run a compatible web browser if you sign in on the web, of course, but once all the passkeys are set up it should solve the problem of people forgetting their passwords or getting leaked online.

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