Since time immemorial, passwords have been used to access different applications and services. And while methods such as two-step authentication (2FA) have improved the security of these, several players in this industry they want to say goodbye. 1Password, although this movement is presented as something against its name, it is one of them.
The password manager, which is one of the best known, will offer a password-free experience. In addition to allowing the generation, management and use of the so-called Passkeys, users will also be able to access their vault with this new authentication system. “Passkeys are the way to go,” says the company, which is committed to this alternative.
A positive advance for safety
The push to ditch passwords and replace them with Passkeys is sustained in part by the growing number of security issues that put users at risk. Since attacks of phishing even data breaches. If a password falls into the wrong hands it can cause more than a headache, lost data and lost money.
Given this scenario, Apple, Google or Microsoft and other companies formed the FIDO Alliance to develop and promote more secure authentication standards. That is precisely where Passkeys come into play, which are based on WebAuthn cryptographic keys and are protected by biometrics and hardware-level security.
We are talking about digital credentials that are stored on the devices and can be used through biometric data. There is nothing to memorize or write. As we can see, it is a very promising solution, but its deployment is taking its first steps, and for now a small number of services and apps are compatible.
Among them we find eBay, Microsoft, PayPal, Nvidia and Shopify, but there are still many to join the list. 1Password, as we said, will be one of them. The password manager (also access keys) will adopt authentication with Passkeys “this summer”. We have to wait to find out how fast the industry is eating up to adopt this solution.
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