Soumya Prakash Pradhan

Tech giants are putting a strong focus on securing users' data, with Google recently introducing passkeys on Pixel smartphones.

This move provides a safer and more convenient alternative to traditional passwords, aligning with the goal of enhancing user privacy.

WhatsApp is following suit by introducing passkeys for iOS users having already added this feature for Android users last year.

Passkeys play a crucial role in account authentication as they offer a safer and unique method that is resistant to online threats like phishing. This feature is essential for securing devices and online user data.

Passkeys eliminate the need for users to memorise passwords and seamlessly integrate with unlocking methods such as face recognition or fingerprint scanning.

Google is actively promoting passkey adoption by incorporating support across its platforms, including Android and Chrome. 

Passkeys are set as the default option for personal Google Accounts.

Google has collaborated with industry partners and aims to expand passkey availability on various websites and applications.

Currently, this feature is available on Pixel phones from Pixel 5a onwards and Pixel Tablets.

Google emphasises that since it is an open technology, any website, app, or password manager can utilise this feature.

This collaborative approach contributes to a passwordless future while enhancing the sign-in process for users.

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