Google is one of the leaders in updating security measures to protect personal data from phishing attacks. In a new update, Google introduced a more secure alternative to passwords called passkeys for workspace and cloud users. This comes after the company announced personal account support last month.
What are Passkeys:
Google CEO Sundar Pichai introduced the passkeys through Twitter. Passkeys are a password-less way to sign in to accounts, offering convenient and secure authentication across websites and applications. Users can sign in using fingerprint, facial recognition or other lock methods on all devices including phones, desktops and laptops.
It will be available on Android, ChromeOS, iOS, macOS and Windows, and unlike passwords, passkeys need to be remembered and cannot be written down or accidentally entered, making it a more secure login option.
“Google research has shown that Security Keys provide stronger protection against automated bots, bulk phishing attacks, and targeted attacks than SMS, app-based one-time passwords, and traditional two-factor authentication (2FA),” Google said. In a blog post.
Passkeys are also created with user privacy in mind. A passkey can verify that a user has access to their device and can unlock it using a fingerprint, facial recognition, or another screen lock mechanism when signing in to workspace apps like Gmail or Google Drive with a passkey. User biometric information is never transferred to Google servers or other websites or applications, Google added.
According to the blog post, phishing attacks will increase by 61% in 2022. Google said that in 2021, more than 60% of data breaches were caused by stolen credentials or phishing, and cost an average of $4.91. million in 2022.
How to use passkeys:
Passkeys, console controls for workspace admins, and the option for the organization’s users to forgo password authentication during sign-in will all be available in the next few days, the business said. It is not turned on by default. The business also says customers can continue to use passkeys as a 2-step verification (2SV) technique.
1. Visit myaccount.google.com/signinoptions/passkeys
2. Tap on Use Passkeys.
3. To generate passkey for different devices, go to the bottom of the page and tap on Generate a passkey option
4. Tap on another device option
5. Select the device and follow the requested steps