Google Chrome stable for Android, macOS, and Windows gets passkey support

In October, Google rolled out Passkey support for Chrome Canary, a beta version of Chrome that allows expert users to test out new features. Now, the company has announced that the latest stable version of Chrome (v108) will also have this feature. Google’s latest blog says: “With the latest version of Chrome, we’re enabling passcode on Windows 11, macOS, and Android.” Meanwhile, on a desktop, you can choose to use a passcode from a nearly mobile device, which can be both iOS and Android.

If the password update has reached your device, Chrome will ask you whether you want to use the password to sign in to a supported website or keep it. The former will require screen lock authentication – fingerprint or face unlock.

The security key is the next step in the evolution of a secure connection. While a strong password is the first line of defense against a data breach, it runs the risk of being stolen from you or from the server side. Security keys eliminate these vulnerabilities. Instead of having two copies of the same password (one with the user and one with the server), the user’s device is assigned a unique password key called a private key. Then there is a second key called the public key with the server. The two work together to authenticate users in support websites and apps. In the event of a server breach, the hacker won’t have your private key. And on the user side, passwords can’t be scammed because they require the user’s phone to be physically present.

But perhaps the biggest advantage a security key offers is the fact that it doesn’t need to be memorized. Remembering passwords can be difficult when you have a unique password for every website/app. Password managers can help with this, but as proven many times this year, they’re not infallible.

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