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Passkeys for Google Accounts roll out as "stronger" alternatives to passwords

May the passkey be with you(?). (Source: Google)
May the passkey be with you(?). (Source: Google)
Google has heralded "a major step" toward a future in which the password is obsolete with a new Account option sign-in option. They enable the user to generate a passkey instead of setting a password, and link it to their stored biometrics or PIN in order to access services from the Mountain View giant. The emerging login method is touted as a more convenient and secure form of authentication, although it may have its own drawbacks.

Today may be a day for the 4th to be with you; however, it is also World Password Day 2023. Ironically, Google has announced something that might help spell the end of that kind of login forever. 

FIDO Alliance, the prominent passkey proponent, argues that passwords are all too susceptible to phishing, harvesting or other attacks. Furthermore, while they might be among the best-known and most widely-used form of online credential, also all too often slip the memory, especially when complex and unique enough.

Accordingly, the Mountain View-based company touts its latest feature for Account users as "the beginning of the end of the password".

Then again, its new passkeys still require fortification with a PIN, which can, as with their iOS counterparts, be stolen or otherwise appropriated, or with biometrics, which could be more robust, but less so should the device-owner be forced or coerced into using them to complete their login.

Alternatively, Yubico YubiKey 5Ci security keys are available on Amazon.


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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2023-05- 4 (Update: 2023-05- 4)