Google has announced that it is rolling out support for passkeys, a new way to sign in to apps and websites without using passwords.
Passkeys are part of the FIDO Alliance’s WebAuthn standard, which aims to provide simpler and safer alternatives to passwords.
Passkeys allow users to sign in to apps and websites using biometric or device-based authentication methods, such as fingerprint, face scan or screen lock PIN.
Unlike passwords, passkeys are unique for each account and device, and are not stored on servers or shared over the internet. This makes them resistant to online attacks like phishing and credential stuffing.
Google said that passkeys are now available as an option for Google Account users who want to try a passwordless sign-in experience. Users can set up passkeys at g.co/passkeys and use them across Google’s services on all major platforms.
Google also said that Google Workspace administrators will soon have the option to enable passkeys for their end-users during sign-in.
Google added that it has been working with other industry players, such as Apple, Microsoft and Docusign, to support passkeys on their platforms and services. Google said that it hopes that by next year’s World Password Day, users will no longer need to use or remember passwords at all.