Apple is a member of the FIDO Alliance, which includes Google and Microsoft and is working to replace passwords with alternate login mechanisms.
With the introduction of passkeys at the WWDC 2022 keynote on Monday, Apple is ushering in a password-free age.Apple, Google, and Microsoft have joined the FIDO Alliance to ensure that accounts may be accessed without the use of passwords.
And the Safari web browser’s passkeys provide us a glimpse of how Apple plans to make passwordless logins a reality.
Apple wants consumers to switch to passkeys that are supposedly hack-proof and can’t be leaked.Apple stores the passkeys locally on the device, which is protected by end-to-end encryption.
Passwords are typically alphanumeric with special characters, but with passkeys, no one knows the combination, making it more difficult for hackers to break into your online accounts.Apple is also combining passkeys with Face ID or Touch ID to make things even more secure (wherever available).It does not save the passkeys in the cloud, making it safer than other apps in the event of a data breach.
Passkeys will be available on iOS and macOS, bringing the entire Apple ecosystem into play.Cross-syncing is also feasible thanks to the iCloud Keychain feature, which supports most Apple devices.Passkeys allow you to log in using your iPhone’s web browser, eliminating the need for passwords for good.
Along with Apple, Google and Microsoft have begun developing their own passwordless systems.Last month, Google announced the update at I/O 2022, and we expect the feature to be available to users next year.
Microsoft, on the other hand, maintains a similar schedule for its own feature delivery.Passkeys demonstrate the possibility of account logins without passwords, and Apple now has a distinct advantage over these two technology behemoths.
All of these firms are adding the feature to their own products, so it’ll be interesting to see whether they can incorporate it into cross-platform apps and services in the near future.