It’s called Passkey, for Android and Chrome.
If you’re not using a password manager these days, you’re asking for trouble. However, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Dashlane and others are working towards a passwordless future using access keys. Now, Google is finally ready to bring access keys to our devices.
While still in beta stages, starting today Android and Google Chrome will support login with access keys. This new system will simplify app, website, and device logins by allowing users to simply unlock their devices.
According to a statement from Google, “Access keys are a significantly more secure replacement for passwords and other phishing authentication factors. They cannot be reused, are not leaked in server breaches, and protect users from phishing attacks.”
The idea and technology behind a passkey is to essentially replace typing in a text-based password with a key that is securely stored on your physical device, such as a smartphone. This cryptography model is more secure, and when you need to log into an app, your phone uses already available fingerprint or face unlock biometrics to verify the user.
For now, it looks like it’s still in beta, and you’ll need to sign up for a Google Play Services beta, not to mention the Chrome Canary beta. However, Google plans to roll this out to stable channels of the official Google Chrome app later this year.
Once everything is set, users can create a passkey in Chrome or Android. You’ll need to be on a compatible device or service, confirm your passkey information and account details, then add a fingerprint, face, or passcode to unlock your device. On a PC, you can scan a QR code to get started. Then, in the future, all you have to do is unlock that device.
These features can be accessed by developers starting today and should be available to more users “later this year,” according to Google.
via android developers