Back in May, we heard there would soon be a successor to the password – the Passkey.

Now, we're hearing that Apple will start rolling out Passkeys in the next few months in iOS 16. And we're excited.

Though it's caused some confusion: Apple is going to great lengths to market the Passkey, and understandably, people have assumed that it's a feature exclusive to Apple.

That's not the case.

Passkeys will be used in a joint effort to boost online security by Apple, Microsoft, and Google. The reason Apple is promoting this new feature so hard is to get the message out to as many people as possible.

Microsoft and Google are also keen to spread the word so that people understand how Passkeys work.

The more people take advantage of Passkeys, the safer our businesses are online.

Passkeys – otherwise known as FIDO (Fast Identity Online) authentication – work by letting you log into an app or website with just your username and your pre-authenticated device, most probably your phone.

Your device generates a cryptographic token, which makes the second part of a cryptographic key pair. When the pair matches, you're allowed access to the app or website.

That means in practice that when you're logging in, you simply use your phone to prove it's really you. Then, you'll just unlock it using your face, fingerprint, or PIN.

So long as your phone is within Bluetooth range of your computer, it will work.

And without needing a password… bliss…

It's a far more secure way to access apps and keep your accounts safe from cybercriminals.

As, no one, including you yourself, will ever see the cryptographic token, it takes away a lot of the danger of having your login credentials stolen. Cybercriminals will be unable to use their normal tactics – such as phishing emails, brute force attacks, or key loggers – to steal your credentials. They'll need your physical device to unlock accounts, making remote hacking much less likely.

If you use Windows Hello, you'll see that Passkeys are already supported. And it won't be long until all three tech giants roll out this new security feature across their entire product range.

Before then, if you'd like help or advice on keeping your apps and accounts safer, just give us a call at 845-237-2117 or reach out to us here: www.meetingtreecomputer.com/contact/. We can help.

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