Say Goodbye to Passwords: 1Password Unveils Two Passkey Innovations

Say Goodbye to Passwords: 1Password Unveils Two Passkey Innovations

By Greg Tavarez

Say goodbye to passwords and hello to passkeys. Developed in accordance with the authentication standards set by the FIDO Alliance, passkeys offer a more robust and user-friendly approach to online security.

Unlike passwords that often fall victim to weak combinations or reuse across multiple accounts, passkeys generate unique and random authentication credentials that are virtually impossible to guess or replicate. This not only fortifies security but also simplifies the user experience by removing the burden of creating and remembering complex passwords.

And consumers are taking notice. Recent 1Password research found that when consumers were shown an example of passkeys, 75% say they'd consider using them. Taking that research into account, 1Password announced two passkey features. 1Password now offers customers the ability to save and sign into online accounts with passkeys. The second feature, unlocking 1Password accounts with a passkey, is expected to be available this summer.

"Our mission is to help people safeguard their digital identities and by doubling down on passkeys, we're providing users with both greater security and ease of use," said Steve Won, chief product officer of 1Password.

First is the ability to create and store passkeys in their 1Password vault. Through the 1Password beta browser extension, users can conveniently sign into their accounts using these passkeys. Passkeys are synchronized across devices and platforms, and 1Password automatically remembers the websites and apps associated with each passkey.

Sharing passkeys securely is also made possible through adding them to a shared vault or granting access via item sharing. Additionally, a Watchtower alert notifies users when their apps and services start supporting passkeys, prompting them to upgrade their logins for enhanced security.

1Password's passkey login functionality, exclusively available in a private beta starting in July, revolutionizes account security. Customers can create a new, complimentary 1Password account and experience the convenience of unlocking it using a passkey. With this feature, the traditional requirement of remembering an account password and secret key combination is replaced, offering users a simpler and more streamlined authentication process.

"As we transition to a passwordless future, 1Password is committed to ensuring people can safely access their credentials no matter how they want to authenticate – and across all devices," said Won.

Edited by Greg Tavarez
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