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Google Chrome may soon add passkey support: What to expect

Passwords seem to have become less secure in recent years than they once were. This is due to a number of reasons that range from users being fooled into giving up their passwords, attackers hacking into corporate servers and breaching credentials. With tech giants like Apple, Microsoft and Google increasingly looking for a passwordless future, the tech now seems to be coming to the popular browser Google Chrome soon.

A new blog post for Android developers has now revealed that passwords are being tested on Android and Chrome. “Passkeys are a significantly more secure replacement for passwords and other phishable authentication factors. They cannot be reused, do not leak in server breaches, and protect users from phishing attacks,” the blog notes.

Google also mentions that using a passkey is similar to using a stored password these days, which users can simply “confirm with their existing device’s screen lock, such as their fingerprint”.

“Passwords on users’ phones and computers are backed up and synced to the cloud to avoid locks in the event of device loss,” the blog adds.

In Chrome, passkeys are site specific and can then be used to access sensitive information or payment platforms. Users who have authentication methods such as fingerprint scanners on a device can use those to log in via passkeys.

Those who don’t have such a mechanism or need to log in on another computer/device can also do so with the fingerprint sensor and passkey on their phone, via a quick QR code scan.

The service is currently coming to the beta channel of Google Play Services and Chrome Canary (a developer and test-oriented version of the browser) and should come to more stable devices later.

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