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X to introduce passkeys as alternative to password login

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X has revealed its plan to implement a novel login approach called passkeys – an enhanced technology that Google introduced last year.

Passkeys, an advanced and user-friendly option to traditional passwords, leverage features from your pre-approved device, like Face ID, fingerprint, or PIN, eliminating the need to type a lengthy password every time you want to access your account.

The social networking platform, previously called Twitter, has outlined the steps to utilize passkeys on its support page.

Despite the praise for its advancements, traditional passwords are not yet obsolete. At the moment, passkeys are an elective feature, but their adoption could increase as more websites and applications begin incorporating them over time.

Eventually, passkeys could become the standard means of online authentication, but for now, they are exclusive to iOS users on X.

How does the passkeys system operate?

Upon enrollment, your device generates two cryptographic keys – a public key, shared with the intended website or app, and a private key, securely stored on your device.

For logging into a specific online platform, you opt for passkeys authentication, utilizing your device’s distinct features as mentioned earlier.

The public and private keys collaborate to verify your identity without disclosing sensitive details to external entities.

The advantages of utilizing passkeys are evident.

Due to the secure and seamless technology employed in this new method, you no longer need to memorize or manage complex passwords, or reset them frequently.

Unlike passwords, passkeys are not stored on servers, significantly lowering the risk of phishing or other cybercrimes. Additionally, they can be used across all your devices, eliminating the necessity for separate logins on each.

Image: X/Twitter.

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