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Google to replace password with passkey

Search engine giant Google is set roll out passkeys in place of passwords so users can use to sign into all of the company’s apps.

According to the company, passkeys are the easiest and most secured way to sign in and will now replace passwords, which most people often find difficult to remember.

The search engine said passwords and two-step verification (2SV) will still work for Google Accounts for now and also hinted that come next year when World Password Day is being celebrated, passwords may have been completely phased out.

Google Workspace accounts administrators will soon have the option to enable passkeys for their end-users during sign-in the company added.

While announcing the rollout of passkeys via a blog post on Wednesday, Google said “For some time we and others in the industry have been working on a simpler and safer alternative to passwords. While passwords will be with us for some time to come, they are often frustrating to remember and put you at risk if they end up in the wrong hands.

“Today, passkeys for Google Accounts are available. You can try them out here and setting it up is easy. We look forward to helping people and others in the industry take this next leap to make signing in easier and safer with Google”.

Tech giants like Microsoft, Google, and Apple last year announced they were collaborating to create a new world where passwords will not be needed to access devices, webs, or apps.

The three organizations are working to expand support for a common passwordless sign-in standard created by the FIDO Alliance and the World Wide Web Consortium.

Writing by Tersoo Nicholas