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Apple introduces support for Safari ‘passkeys’ in macOS Ventura that will help end passwords

At its WWDC 2022 event, Apple just demonstrated how Safari in macOS Ventura will support “passwords,” a login standard designed with cross-platform support to enable logins that don’t use words at all. outmoded. Apple isn’t alone in this effort either, as last month Google and Microsoft joined Apple in announcing their next step in a long-running plot to kill passwords once and for all.

By completely avoiding the use of passwords, they should prevent users from falling victim to phishing attacks, social engineering, or bot attacks that plug passwords hooked into word databases. disclosed passwords. Instead, you can use a device (like your phone or computer) as your primary authentication device, so using Face ID or Touch ID or entering the device’s PIN will suffice to sign in to various web-based services.

Apple showed how ‘pass keys’ are saved in the iCloud Keychain enabling syncing across Mac, iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, with end-to-end encryption in place, along with the QR codes you would use to pair your telephone with the system. When you use them to sign in to a service, the actual keys remain on your device, which is another measure to protect them.

This passwordless authentication standard is established by the FIDO Alliance and promises support on various platforms. Apple, Google, and Microsoft have said they plan to support the new system on their platforms over the next year, and judging by this demo, macOS Ventura and iOS 16 will be among the first ways to support it. try it.

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