Google has been instrumental in the transition towards ramping up web security and is now set to motivate an increasing number of users to switch to passkey access for their accounts. Aimed at eventually reducing the dependency on conventional passwords, Google first introduced support for passkey access in May and now intends to scale this up.
In the early part of the year, Google piloted the use of passkeys, a solution that was not only simpler but also offered stronger security for users signing into their online accounts. The response from users was overwhelmingly positive, encouraging Google to make passkeys even more readily available. Today, Google has taken a big step forward by making passkey access the standard option across all personal Google Accounts.
There has been an upsurge in focus on passkeys driven by robust security options, primarily via on-device Face and Touch ID which provide a faster and more secure login pathway, less prone to cyber-attacks.
The majority of social media platforms like LinkedIn, X, and TikTok have hopped on the passkey bandwagon, announcing their future plans to implement passkey defenses in the preceding months.
However, Google has not planned to completely wash off the conventional passwords from the scene. Since the user base opting for passkeys will take time to grow, Google will keep supporting both passkeys and traditional passwords. This allows users enabling passkeys to still have the option to use their old-school passwords, thus aiming to boost its adoption of passkey access.
This tactical shift towards a secured and efficient access option, complemented by cutting-edge connectivity tools, is set to provide an armor of online security to users' accounts.
Avoiding any harm to your security is recommended, and implementing passkey access wherever feasible is expected to soon become a standard before it turns into a necessity for a majority of applications.