The passwords is necessary for the security of personal data, but the memorization of different codes it causes headache to the users, so the Google brings the passkeys to solve the problem.
The passkeys are encrypted keys which allow the connection on a website or account with biometric data (facial image / fingerprint) or with PIN.
ZDNET reports that it is a digital key, offering more protection than traditional codes because need to check both the website, as well as the user’s deviceso that open an account by hackers.
How passkeys works
Websites that support passkeys (they don’t work on all services yet), have an encryption algorithm that creates the specific code, with the following process.
The a part of the digital key with the Basic information (who has the account, when was it created, etc.) is stored on the respective site and unique fingerprint that unlocks the account is stored on one device which the user chooses.
For exampleif someone creates a passkey in gmail and declares the computer as an identification device, in order to enter from the mobile, he must open the original device and press the confirmation from there.
Moreover, it is the way each passkey is generated on each site is uniqueso even if it breaks, a limited amount of data is exposed to hackers.
Because it hasn’t been expanded yet
So far, this is a technology still in the making, with only Google officially pushing for it to be implemented everywhere. However, her future is not bleaksince the specific practice supported by Apple and Microsoftwhile other technology companies are slowly turning.
But to be applied universally, it means that there should be the necessary servers to store the data, h legislation and of course the removing passwords.
Typically, Google states on the developers.google.com website that “it cannot unlock an account because it does not keep a copy of the user’s digital key.” Thus, the situation is complicated if, for example, a public prosecutor’s order is given to open an account, since the respective device will be needed, which may have disappeared or have irreparable damage.
However, companies are slowly turning to this technology, especially as the privacy debate heats up, with states putting in place tight restrictions that few large businesses can avoid even for a short time.