Google Continues To Accelerate Adoption Of Passkeys

Google Continues To Accelerate Adoption Of Passkeys

Did you know that it’s technically recommended to have a completely different password for every log in you use?

Did you also know that passwords are recommended to be minimum 8+ characters and not include any personal identifiable information (name, birthday, telephone number, email address)?

You’re also not recommended storing these passwords in plain text files like Word docs or Excels for ease of reference because you risk them falling into the wrong hands if ever your device becomes breached.

If only there were a way to log in securely without having to remember so many passwords. We’re not talking about password managers like LastPass, we’re referring to the use of Passkeys. Passkeys allow users to bypass the use of passwords by creating a “key” between the device and the point of access, usually verified by hardware/biometrics (such as fingerprints or a face scan on a mobile device. Adoption of Passkeys has been a bit slow on the user end but that may change soon if more companies continue to adopt the security feature.

Google continues to push the adoption of passkeys by partnering with major companies like Adobe, Paypal, Best Buy and more. Below are just a few benefits of using Passkeys and why you may want to consider using them as well.

Using a passkey method that doesn’t involve a traditional password or token is often referred to as a passwordless approach to security. This has several potential benefits:

  1. Enhanced Security: Passwordless methods, such as biometrics or one-time passkeys sent via text or email, can enhance security by eliminating the common threat of stolen or compromised passwords.
  2. Phishing Protection: Without a permanent password to steal, the risk of falling for phishing scams is considerably reduced.
  3. Streamlined User Experience: Logging in can be quicker and more convenient when users don’t have to remember and type passwords. This is particularly useful on mobile devices, where typing complex passwords can be difficult.
  4. Reduced Support Costs: Businesses can save on support costs as a considerable number of IT helpdesk calls are often related to password resets.
  5. Increased Productivity: Without the need to remember, manage and routinely change passwords, users can focus on the tasks at hand, increasing overall productivity.