One of the most common complaints of modern tech usage has to be trying to remember your password.
Now Google is making moves to make passwords obsolete.
Earlier this year, Google quietly began using passkeys as an option for users.
More recently, they announced via their company blog that they will be making this feature a default setting for all users.
This means that Google users won’t have to remember their password but will be able to log in on their phones using face or fingerprint scans.
Biometric passkeys are typically faster to sign in with, simpler to use, and very secure.
Using biometrics addresses one of the biggest cons of passkeys, theft or loss of the device.
Google’s blog offered the following, “If someone gets your device, they can’t do anything with your passkey. And if you lose your old device containing your passkey, you can easily create a new passkey on your new device.”
Apple and Microsoft are also moving toward this standard, as are apps like Uber and WhatsApp.
The companies are all embracing what is called FIDO or Fast Identity Online which is a process put forth by the FIDO Alliance.
The FIDO Alliance is an industry consortium that was established to address the challenges of creating open, scalable, and interoperable authentication methods to help reduce the reliance on passwords for online security.
Many of the top executives sit on the board of the FIDO Alliance including representatives from Microsoft, Amazon, and many financial companies such as American Express and Mastercard.