Passkeys, a security tool businesses use to try to replace passwords, are now included in the most recent build of Chrome, according to Google.
In Chrome Canary, a beta version of the browser it uses to test new features, the firm declared in October that support for passkeys had been implemented. The security feature is now in Chrome M108, the official, stable version.
By selecting Help > About Chrome from the three dots menu in the browser’s upper right corner, Mac users can update Chrome.
Apple, Google, Microsoft, and the FIDO Alliance are working to replace passwords with passkeys. Apple revealed support for them at its WWDC conference in June.
They are built on the security standard Web Authentication API WebAuthn, which relies on public key cryptography for authentication.
Passkeys are intended to be easier and more practical than passwords. They help shield consumers from phishing attacks and cannot be reused or exposed in data breaches.
They function on a variety of browsers, websites, and applications. Users can use biometric authentication, such as Face ID or Touch ID, to sign into websites and apps with a passkey.
Passkeys can be synchronized end-to-end, encrypted across your iPhone, iPad, and Mac devices, and backed up to iCloud. Users who set up a passkey on an Apple device can use a unique QR code to sign into a website or app on a non-Apple device and authenticate using biometrics.
According to Google, Chrome can store passkeys in the browser’s integrated password manager.