Google relies on passkeys and ushers in a new era of login

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Google relies on passkeys – new era of login

Google relies on passkeys

Leading tech giant Google has taken a significant step towards more secure and convenient authentication. The company announced back in the spring that users would be able to log in to their Google account without entering a traditional password in the future. Now the time has come: From now on, users will be prompted to set up passwordless authentication when login in to Gmail & Co. This means that Google is now relying on so-called passkeys when logging in, a passwordless authentication method that significantly increases both user-friendliness and security. The transition to Passkeys is not only intended to increase security against phishing attacks, but also to provide users with a more convenient way to log in. In this context, the user no longer has to remember a password, but authorizes himself via facial recognition, fingerprint, hardware keys or other methods. All the user needs for this is a pre-authenticated device, such as a smartphone, via which passwordless authentication takes place. According to Google, this makes logging in faster and more convenient for the user.

A “passkey” typically refers to a security key used to grant access to a system, device or application. It serves as an authentication method to ensure that only authorized users have access.

With this move, Google is now finally turning away from passwords. However, it is important to stress that existing passwords remain valid and Google currently has no timetable for their elimination. However, the company’s long-term plan is for passkeys to replace traditional passwords in their entirety. This innovation could be the start of a revolution in digital security, replacing traditional passwords with more intuitive and secure methods.

As you can also see in this case, in today’s digital world, the issue of Identity & Access Management is crucial. It’s not just about who has access to certain resources, but also how that access is managed and secured. An effective IAM ensures with features like passwordless login or multi factor authentication that the right people get the right access at the right time and thus minimizes security risks.

FIDO2 and WebAuthn: The Technologies behind the Passwordless Revolution

One of the driving factors behind the progress of passwordless authentication solutions is the introduction of FIDO2 and WebAuthn. Both technologies represent a standard for secure, passwordless login methods and are critical to the latest authentication efforts by Google and many other technology companies. They provide authentication without the need to remember additional passwords.

WebAuthn, as part of FIDO2, allows users to securely and directly log in to websites without using passwords. Instead, users can rely on biometrics, security keys or their mobile devices to confirm their identity through public key authentication.

cidaas, as a leading provider of IAM solutions in Europe, recognizes the importance of FIDO 2 and WebAuthn. Integrating these advanced technologies into their offerings ensures that customers and users benefit from the highest security standards, while ensuring a user-friendly experience.

cidaas – your partner for modern Identity & Access Management solutions

In this context cidaas appears as Europe’s leading provider of IAM solutions. cidaas understands the importance of passwordless authentication methods and offers a range of solutions tailored to these requirements. From biometric authentication to one-time passcodes (OTP) and other innovative methods – cidaas enables you to provide seamless, secure and modern login experiences for your users.

In a world where security threats are constantly on the rise, cidaas positions itself as a trusted partner that helps organizations make the transition to a passwordless age securely and efficiently.