In May, Google introduced the possibility of logging into standard user accounts using a tool known as Passkeys, which allows users to log into websites and apps using their own device as a means of identification (whether it’s a mobile phone, laptop, tablet, or PC). This technology has been developed by the FIDO Alliance, a group composed of major technology companies such as Apple, Microsoft, and Google itself, which advocates for a passwordless future.
One month later, Google has launched an open beta that will allow Workspace users, its platform for businesses, to log in without the need for any passwords, thanks to Passkeys. This way, over 9 million organizations will be able to make use of this feature, which enjoys significantly higher security by using encryption that cannot be stolen or leaked in order to impersonate the user’s identity.
The rollout of this beta will be gradual, so some Workspace administrators will have to wait a little while before they can start using Passkeys. It’s important to note that the ability to bypass passwords using this feature is disabled by default, and it is up to the administrators to enable it for the organizations they represent.
Passkeys are the future of login authentication, although they are still in their infancy. The Chrome browser introduced compatibility with Passkeys in December, but it is only supported on websites or apps that have enabled this login system. The password manager 1Password has also been compatible with Passkeys since January, and it even displays the websites and services that support this system.
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