Back in May, we heard there would soon be a successor to the password – the Passkey. A Passkey is a digital key that allows you to access your online accounts without having to remember a password. The idea is that you would use a physical device to store your Passkey and then use it to unlock your accounts on any computer or mobile device. This new technology has the capacity to change the way we work forever, as well as pose even more new threats, as always it is crucial for companies to stay vigilant and ahead of the game.  This article will discuss passkeys vs passwords and 3 ways that passkeys could change the you work, forever! 

What is a Passkey?

Passkeys – otherwise known as FIDO authentication – work by letting you log into an app or website with just your username and your pre-authenticated device, most probably your phone.

Your device generates a cryptographic token, which makes the second part of a cryptographic key pair. When the pair matches, you’re allowed access to the app or website. What that means in practice is when you’re logging in, you just use your phone to prove it’s really you. You’ll just unlock it using your face, fingerprint, or PIN.

So long as your phone is within Bluetooth range of your computer it will work.

And without needing a password… bliss…

It’s a far more secure way to access apps and keep your accounts safe from cyber criminals. You never see your cryptographic token, so it takes away a lot of the danger of having your login credentials stolen. Cyber criminals will be unable to use their normal tactics – such as phishing emails, brute force attacks, or key loggers – to steal your credentials. They’ll need your physical device, making remote hacking much less likely.

Passkeys will work with any service that uses a web browser for login – including social media, email, banking, and online shopping. So it’s not just Apple who are on board. Websites and apps will need to support Passkeys in order for you to use them. But given the benefits, we expect most will make the switch quickly.

If you use Windows Hello, you’ll see that Passkeys are already supported. And it won’t be long until all three tech giants roll out support across their entire product range. We’re still waiting for the official release of the Passkey, but in the meantime, we’ve been thinking about all the ways it could change the way we work.

Top 3 Ways Passkeys Could Change Our Daily Work Lives

We think Passkeys could change the way we work, forever. Here’s why:

1. No more forgotten passwords

With Passkeys, you won’t have to remember a single password. This means you’ll never have to worry about forgetting your password again. This is one of the major differences between passwords vs passkeys.

2. Increased security

Passkeys are much more secure than passwords. They’re nearly impossible to hack and can’t be guessed. This means your accounts will be much safer from hackers and cybercriminals.

3. Convenience

Passkeys are extremely convenient. You can use them on any computer or mobile device. And, you can easily share them with others. This means you won’t have to go through the hassle of resetting passwords or sharing account information. Assuming you’re creating strong passwords, or least using a password manager, keeping track of all of your passwords can be difficult.

We think Passkeys could be a game-changer for the way we work. They’re more secure than passwords and much more convenient. We can’t wait to start using them. Though it’s caused a bit of confusion. Apple is going to great lengths to market the Passkey, and understandably, people have assumed that it’s a feature exclusive to Apple.

That’s not the case.

In fact, Passkeys will be used in a joint effort to boost online security by Apple, Microsoft, and Google. Microsoft and Google are also keen to spread the word so that people understand how Passkeys work. The more people take advantage of Passkeys, the safer our businesses are online.

passkeys vs passwords

Passkeys vs Passwords – Can One of These Change Our Work Lives Forever?

We think Passkeys could change the way we work, forever. They’re more secure than passwords and much more convenient. We can’t wait to start using them. Making us more secure, and saving us time. What’s not to like? Hopefully this article answers your questions about passkeys vs passwords. Let us know in the comments below.

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