May 27, 2022

Google wants Chrome and Android to go fully password-free over the next year

By Jay Bonggolto published 22 days ago

In observance of World Password Day, Google has announced new measures to completely make passwords a thing of the past.

Google 2fa Settings Pixel

Google’s two-factor authentication (Image credit: Andrew Myrick / Android Central)

What you need to know

  • Google intends to add password-free sign-in support to Android and Chrome over the next year.
  • The procedure will enable mobile devices to store a FIDO credential known as a passkey, which will be used to unlock your online account.
  • On desktops, you only need to use your phone nearby to approve your access.

Google thinks leaving passwords behind is the key to solving the various issues with password security. That’s why the search giant announced today that, over the next year, Chrome and Android devices will support passwordless sign-in on any website or app.

The announcement, made in conjunction with World Password Day, builds on Google’s longstanding effort to make passwords a thing of the past. In 2013, it joined the FIDO Alliance, a consortium formed to develop open source authentication standards and address password and phishing problems. Android also added support for the FIDO2 standard(opens in new tab) in 2019 to allow sign-ins to websites and apps using a PIN or biometric in lieu of a password.

To advance that effort, “all major device platforms have committed to building in support for passwordless FIDO sign-in standards,” Google said in a blog post(opens in new tab).Sponsored LinksFrom Canal Rest Hosue? Start Your Online Business in Canada with A Tiny InvestmentStart Online Business In Canada | Search Ad

As a result, instead of asking for a password, your phone will let you unlock your online account using a FIDO credential known as a passkey that is stored on your device. Google touts the method’s security, which is “based on public key cryptography and is only shown to your online account when you unlock your phone.”RECOMMENDED VIDEOS FOR YOU…CLOSE seconds of 1 minute, 3 secondsVolume 0% PLAY SOUND

This means you won’t have to hunt for your saved passwords through any of the best password managers(opens in new tab), such as 1Password or LastPass.

Google password-free implementation on Android and Chrome
Google’s implementation of passwordless sign-in on Android and Chrome (Image credit: Google)

Signing in to a website on Chrome will be just as simple: you’ll only need to confirm your login attempt with your nearby phone. It’s a one-time procedure, so you won’t need to repeat it each time you sign in to a website on your desktop. You also don’t have to worry if you lose your phone since the passkeys are stored in the cloud and will sync to your new phone.

Other tech titans, such as Apple and Microsoft, have already pledged support for passwordless sign-in on iOS, macOS, Safari, Windows, and Edge.

Google envisions passkey support being widely adopted by the industry in 2022 and 2023, bringing consumers closer to a passwordless environment. Until then, the Mountain View-based giant vows to continue beefing up the conventional sign-in methods that rely on passwords.

Jay Bonggolto

Jay Bonggolto 

News Writer

Jay Bonggolto always keeps a nose for news. He is a tech journalist based in the Philippines who has been writing about consumer tech for the past six years and has been using various Android phones since falling in love with Jelly Bean. When he’s not writing, he likes to spend time outside, stealing scenes with his phone camera.MORE ABOUT…The Samsung Memorial Day sale is offering some great deals on the Z Fold 3 and S22 li…Android 13 Beta 2.1 starts rolling out to fix some bugs for Pixel ownersLATESTFiio FA7S review: Audio nirvana

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