Improve the way you work with Passkeys

Monday, 22 August 2022

The Passkey will soon be the successor to the password.

There is news that Apple will begin rolling out Passkeys in future months in iOS 16.

Unfortunately, there has been a bit of confusion, assuming it will be a feature exclusive to Apple, which is not the case.

To boost online security, Passkeys will be used by Microsoft, Apple, and Google. Apple is promoting the feature to raise awareness and to get the message across, along with Microsoft and Google, who are keen to spread the news for people to understand the function of Passkeys.

The more use of Passkeys will improve the safety of our businesses online.

How do Passkeys work?

Log into an app or website with username and pre-authenticated device which most likely is your phone. You may know Passkeys as FIDO authentication.

The device you use will generate a cryptographic token and will make the second part of a cryptographic key pair. Once the pair matches you will have access to the website or app.

When you’re logging in you can use your phone to prove your identity by using your fingerprint, face, or PIN providing you are connected to Bluetooth in range with your computer.

All without requiring a password, sound good?

Progressing to a more secure way of accessing apps and will keep your accounts safe from cyber attacks and criminals.

From not seeing your cryptographic token it takes away a lot of the risk and danger of having your login details stolen.

This will throw cyber criminals off track as they will be unable to use their usual tactics like phishing emails, key loggers looking to steal your credentials, and brute force attacks.

For cyber criminals to gain access they would need to have your physical device, making remote hacking less likely to occur.
Passkeys are currently supported in Windows Hello, and will additionally be rolled out by other tech giants.

We can advise you on safety measures when using apps and accounts.

Just give us a call: 01792 464748

Published with permission from Your Tech Updates.

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