Apple showcased “passkeys” for Safari at WWDC 2022a new login standard that can finally remove the password forever.
It’s no secret that passwords are weak, and easy-to-guess credentials make up over 80% of all passwords. data leakAccording to Verizon’s annual data breach report. According to Apple, passwords completely eliminate the need for passwords and are much less prone to theft in the event of a data breach or phishing try.
Passwords are stored on the device and use Touch ID or Face ID for biometric verification. During the passwordless demo, Apple showed how access keys are backed up in iCloud Keychain and can be synced across Macs, iPhones, iPads, and Apple TVs using end-to-end encryption. Apple’s digital password replacement will also work in apps and on the web, and users can sign in to websites or apps on non-Apple devices using the iPhone or iPad’s camera to scan a QR code.
Apple is not alone in its efforts to destroy the password. Last month Google and Microsoft United Forces with Apple to expand support login without password on mobile devices, computers and browsers. This new collective commitment was praised by Jen Easterly, director of the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), who at the time called it “the type of progressive thinking that will ultimately keep the American people safe online.”
Apple, Google and Microsoft have said they intend to support the new passwordless authentication standard, which was established by the FIDO Alliance and the World Wide Web Consortium, on their platforms over the next year. According to Apple’s WWDC demo, macOS Ventura and iOS 16 will be among the first operating systems to support the new login standard.
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