Google begins adding passkey support in Android and Chrome

Google has started rolling out the first Passkey support for Android and Chrome. In a blog post, the company said web administrators can start integrating the technology into their websites via the WebAuthn API. Likewise, developers can download the latest version to start testing the authentication standard in their apps.

Google expects to roll out stable support for passkeys later this year, with an API for native Android apps also coming in 2022. The latter allows you to choose between a master key and a saved password when logging into a supported platform.

As more apps and websites support passkeys, Android and Chrome users will find their relationship with online credentials changing. “Passkeys are a much more secure replacement for passwords and other phishable authentication factors,” notes Google. “They cannot be reused, do not invade server breaches, and protect users from phishing attacks.”

To create a passkey on your Android phone, you’ll need to confirm that you want to create one, then authenticate your identity with a fingerprint or face scan (you can also use a screen lock). Signing up is just as easy. You simply authenticate your identity and you’re good to go. You manage your master keys via , where they are automatically backed up to the cloud to prevent lockouts if you ever lose your device.

Because passkeys are part of a password abolition, they work across different devices, platforms, and browsers. For example, as you can see in the screenshot above, you can use a passkey saved on an Android phone to log into a website you visit via Safari. Hopefully, if Microsoft and Microsoft make similar efforts, the internet will become safer soon.

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