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Original story (published on April 18, 2023) follows:
Passkeys debuted at WWDC 2022 and was expected to be a big thing in Ventura and iOS 16 after its debut in the older developer preview on previous versions.
Apple claims that Passkeys are significantly more secure and easy to use than passwords. The company also states that these are based on industry standards for account authentication.
They also added that transitioning to passkeys will help users safely access apps and websites across multiple platforms.
However, the feature is still unavailable on the majority of websites. As of now, only 38 websites are supported.
Passkeys unavailable on the majority of websites
At the time of the standard’s announcement, some of the well-known tech giants like Apple, Google, and Microsoft had pledged to increase their support for the FIDO standard. They claimed that this will fasten the availability of passwordless sign-in.
These new capabilities are expected to become available across Apple, Google, and Microsoft platforms over the course of the coming year.
A few months back, Google announced that it will be bringing together sign-in solutions and passkeys with the release of the new Credential Manager.
The next-generation industry standard for passwordless authentication: Passkeys. Credential Manager brings together passkeys with traditional authentication methods like passwords or Sign in with Google.
Even though Apple had been emphasizing on implementation of this feature for the past year, the new authentication technology still isn’t supported on their website.
Surprisingly, it isn’t the case that only Apple’s official website doesn’t support Passkeys yet. As of now only a limited number of websites have this feature enabled, despite numerous repeated requests from users.
It is also worth mentioning that support for Passkeys is coming soon on the popular password manager 1Password.
We are sincerely hopeful that support for Passkeys will be available on websites soon.
Until then, we’ll keep tabs on the topic where Passkeys are unavailable on the majority of websites and update this article whenever we come across new information.
Update 1 (June 06, 2023)
12:17 pm (IST): In a major security innovation by Google, it was announced that Passkeys can now be used by users of more than 9 million organizations to check in to Google Workspace and Google Cloud accounts.
Update 2 (September 21, 2023)
03:02 pm (IST): Passkey functionality is finally available in 1Password. Users can enable it on desktop browsers and iPhone or iPad running iOS 17 or iPadOS 17, respectively.
Update 3 (October 12, 2023)
10:30 am (IST): Google has confirmed that you can now use passkeys to sign in to eBay, Uber, and WhatsApp on Android and Chrome with your fingerprint, face scan or screen lock.
Update 4 (October 24, 2023)
06:25 pm (IST): Recently, Amazon launched the passkey technology with the aim of replacing conventional passwords with biometric security for enhanced user experience and security. According to the company, the passkey support is now live on the web and is rolling out on the iOS Amazon app. Fortunately, this feature will also be available on Android in the near future.
In addition, Apple has also introduced this feature in the latest iOS, iPadOS, and macOS. These operating systems automatically generate Apple ID passkeys which can be used to login to iCloud or any other Apple site. One simply needs to press the sign-in with device option after entering their email ID.
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