- With the release of Chrome 108, Google implemented passkey support.
- Passkeys are preferable to passwords since the actual key is never sent to the website, only a randomly generated code that has been encrypted.
- Chrome 108 for Android, Windows, and macOS ought to have been rolling out to users by now.
Passkey functionality is being added to Chrome with the latest update, which is currently being rolled out. According to a post on Google’s Chromium Blog, passkey functionality is being released alongside the latest M108 update.
These passkeys supplement existing measures, such as two-factor authentication and the Google Password Manager, for securing online accounts. Passkeys are superior to passwords because they prevent phishing attacks and are undisclosable in the event of a server data breach.
To use a passkey, you’ll have to prove your identity in the same way you do when you unlock your phone. Passkeys will be supported on Android, Windows, and macOS with the release of Chrome 108, and the company has plans to expand support to iOS and Chrome OS as well.
Once you’ve saved your passkey on your device, Google says it will appear in autofill whenever you go to sign in someplace online. In a little departure from mobile devices, desktop computers will allow you to use a nearby Android one as a passkey. This supports both Android and iOS devices, giving the user flexibility in which platform they choose to utilize.
Google claims that a passkey never leaves your device, further emphasizing the security of this method of password management. You and the website you’re trying to access exchange a randomly generated code in a safe manner. Also new to Chrome 108 for Windows and macOS is the option to manage passkeys directly in the browser.