Nintendo adds support for passwordless login keys

In the ongoing move towards a password-less future, Nintendo has become the latest company to support password authentication. Starting this week, you can register a password for your Nintendo Account and use biometrics to log into your account instead of a password.

As spotted by NintendoSoup, Nintendo has published detailed support documents detailing the new passkey support. The company explains why a user may need to add a passkey to their Nintendo Account:

Registering a password with your Nintendo Account adds an additional layer of security that can help prevent unauthorized account access. When you sign in to your account, you can use your passkey to sign in instead of your email address or login ID and password. Your passkey is pre-stored on your smartphone or other device and can be obtained by accessing that device when you sign in.

After you go through the process of linking a password to your account Nintendo Accounts, you can use this passkey to sign in to your account on supported devices. Nintendo notes that passcode authentication is available on the following devices:

  • iPhone with iOS 16 or later
  • iPad with iPadOS 16 or later
  • computer Mac with macOS 13 or later.
  • Android devices with Android 9 or later.

Apple has announced Passkey as the future of authentication. Passwords are notoriously insecure and can be compromised through phishing attacks, data breaches, etc. Using a passkey on Mac, iPhone, and iPad allows you to sign into eligible accounts using biometrics like Touch ID and Face ID instead of entering a password .

The system generates a unique key that can only be accessed by the user. authentication via Face ID or Touch ID. This prevents malicious websites from trying to steal your passwords because access keys are securely stored in iCloud Keychain and are not visible to the user.

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