Google Chrome Gains Support for Passkeys, Making it Easier to Log Into Websites and More

Google Chrome has announced it has gained support for passkeys, a new industry-wide standard with the hope of replacing passwords by making it easier and safer to log into websites and apps.

Passkey Feature Triad
With passkeys, users can authenticate and log into websites using their iPhone or Android devices, replacing the need for a password. On newer versions of iOS and Android, users visiting websites that support passkeys can use biometric authentication on a trusted device to confirm their identity. Writing in a blog post, Google said it was adding passkey support to Chrome, which will let users scan a QR code on their Android or ‌iPhone‌ device to log in. Passkey support is also coming to Chrome on Android.

On a desktop device you can also choose to use a passkey from your nearby mobile device and, since passkeys are built on industry standards, you can use either an Android or iOS device. A passkey doesn't leave your mobile device when signing in like this. Only a securely generated code is exchanged with the site so, unlike a password, there's nothing that could be leaked.

A number of other companies and apps have introduced or announced upcoming support for passkeys, including 1Password, PayPal, Microsoft, eBay, and more. Passkey support in Google Chrome is available now with the latest update. To learn more about passkeys, check out our explainer.

Top Rated Comments

Will Co Avatar
16 months ago

Okay, just give Google all your passwords...
That's not the way it works. In fact it's the total opposite of the way it works. Maybe have a look at how the Passkeys standard works? There's an explainer link in the main article.
Score: 49 Votes (Like | Disagree)
meetajhu Avatar
16 months ago

If this becomes a standard, 1Password could see a massive decline in users…
1Password does more than just passwords.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
0924487 Avatar
16 months ago

More parties to rely on at an authentication boundary is not necessarily a better thing. You are at the mercy of everyone one of them.

I will continue to use MacPass and keep everything in a domain I fully control.
It’s just asymmetric key cryptography. There is no third party other than your key storage provider, let it be your trusted Apple devices’ Secure Enclave or 1Password vault or Google‘s vault or multiple vaults.

Its similar to GPG.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Will Co Avatar
16 months ago

More parties to rely on at an authentication boundary is not necessarily a better thing. You are at the mercy of everyone one of them.

I will continue to use MacPass and keep everything in a domain I fully control.
I don't understand this comment. For most people, Passkeys won't increase the number of parties involved in the authentication process. Assuming of course, that most people, like you seem to do, use a tool to store their passwords. With Passkeys, what's being transferred between authenticatee and authenticator is different (not a password) but other than that, the process is very similar. A "secret" held on your client (probably using a software tool or the built-in key-chain) is used to authenticate with the target website.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ericwn Avatar
16 months ago

If this becomes a standard, 1Password could see a massive decline in users…
Why exactly? It will continue to offer cross platform management of Passcodes where it were passwords in the future, combined with sharing and plenty of native apps. They’re not sitting in the Fido alliance for no reason.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
beanbaguk Avatar
16 months ago
If this becomes a standard, 1Password could see a massive decline in users…
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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