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Google has announced that passkeys are now included in the latest update to Chrome, a security feature companies use to replace passwords.
In October, the company announced the addition of password support to Chrome Canary, the version of its browser it uses to test new features. Now the official stable version of Chrome — M108 – has a safety function.
Mac users can update Chrome by clicking the three-dot menu in the top-right corner of the browser window and selecting Help > About Chrome.
Passkeys are an attempt by Apple, Google, Microsoft, and the FIDO Alliance to replace passwords. Apple announced their support at the WWDC event in June.
They are based on the Web Authentication API WebAuthn, a security standard that uses public key cryptography for authentication.
Unlike passwords, access keys should be simpler and more convenient. They cannot be reused or leaked in a data breach, and they help protect users from phishing attacks.
They work across a variety of browsers, websites, and applications. Users can sign in to websites and apps with a passkey using biometric authentication such as Face ID or Touch ID.
Passkeys can be stored in iCloud and synced across iPhone, iPad, and Mac. fully encrypted fashion. Users who create a password on an Apple device can sign in to a website or app on a non-Apple device using a unique QR code and be authenticated using biometrics.
Google announces that Chrome will be able to store passwords in the browser's built-in password manager.