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Apple demos Safari’s ‘passkeys’ support in macOS Ventura that will help bring an end to passwords

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At its WWDC 2022 event, Apple recently showed off Safari macOS Ventura will support “passwords” a login standard that is built with cross-platform support to enable logins that do not use passwords at all. Apple is also not alone in this endeavor, as last month Google and Microsoft teamed up with Apple to announce their new step forward for a long-running plot to kill passwords once and for all.

Completely avoiding the use of passwords, they should prevent users from falling victim to phishing attacks, social engineering or bot attacks that clog passwords captured by filtered password databases. Instead, you can use a device (such as your phone or computer) as your primary authentication device, so using a Face ID or Touch ID or entering a device PIN will be enough for you to log in to various services across the network.

Apple has shown how the “passwords” are stored within the iCloud Key Chain by enabling synchronization across Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV, with end-to-end encryption, as well as the QR codes you would use to pair yours. phone 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 keep them secure.

This wireless authentication standard is established by the Alliance TRUST and promises support across different platforms. Apple, Google and Microsoft have said they expect to support the new system on their platforms within the next year, and judging by this demonstration, macOS Ventura and iOS 16 will be among the first ways to test it.


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