With cyber security threats becoming increasingly commonplace, protecting your online accounts is more important than ever. Google Chrome has recently rolled out passkey support to help users keep their accounts and data secure. With this update, users can access their accounts on Android, Windows 11, and macOS using a passkey rather than a standard password.
Upon creating a passkey, users will be asked to scan a QR code using a device with a passkey. This step is necessary to enable passkey creation on the device when signing into an account for the first time. Passkeys generated in Chrome on Android will be available across multiple devices as long as sync is enabled through Google Password Manager. Passkeys created on iOS and iPadOS 16 will also be synced across Apple devices and can be used by any other browsers and apps.
However, Windows and macOS users will need help accessing passkeys across different devices. Passkeys generated on Windows are stored on the local device via Windows Hello, while those created on macOS are stored locally as well. Chrome on iOS and iPadOS 16 does not support passkey auto-fill.
Despite the small disadvantages, Google's updated passkey support feature is a welcome addition for those looking for an extra layer of security for their accounts. Passkeys provide users with extra convenience and peace of mind when it comes to keeping their data and accounts safe from malicious attacks.
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