Google has announced that Apple’s passkeys are now supported in the latest Chrome update, a security feature that companies are starting to adopt in an effort to replace passwords.
Welcome to access keys
The company announced in October that it had added support for access keys in Chrome Canary, a version of its browser it uses to test new features. Now the official and stable version of Chrome – M108 – has the long-awaited feature.
Mac users can update Google’s software by clicking the “…” menu at the top right of the browser, then “Help” > “About Chrome”.
Access Keys is an initiative by Apple, Google, Microsoft and the FIDO Alliance to replace passwords. Apple announced their support at its WWDC 22 event last June. They are API based WebAuthna security standard that uses public key encryption for authentication.
A more secure solution
Unlike passwords, access keys are meant to be simpler and more convenient. They cannot be reused or exposed in the event of a data breach, and they help protect users from phishing attacks.
They work on different browsers, websites and applications. Users can sign in to websites and apps with an access key using biometric authentication such as Face ID or Touch ID.
Passwords can be backed up to iCloud and synced across your iPhone, iPad and Mac devices with one login encrypted end to end. Users who create a password on an Apple device can log into a website or app on a non-Apple device using a unique QR code and authenticate using biometric data.
Google says that Chrome is able to store security keys in the browser’s built-in password manager. It complements Chrome 108’s new power-saving and memory-saving modes. The developers say support on iOS and Chrome OS is coming soon.