Google announces move to end reliance on passwords

11/10/2023 | Independent

In a blog article, Google announced that all its apps and services will now be "passwordless by default" to encourage users to switch to passkeys. The move aligns with the broader moves within the tech industry, such as FIDO (Fast Identity Online) Alliance, which has been working with Apple, Google, and Microsoft to abandon traditional passwords and switch to a safer and more efficient format for identity verification. Though Google apps like YouTube, Search, and Maps support the new passkey format, the take-up has been slower than expected. Passkeys have been enabled by other online platforms, including Uber and eBay, to transition away from traditional passwords. Google users who do not already use passkeys will receive a prompt to set one up the next time they sign into their account.

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