Your passwords keep your money, your job, and your identity safe. But you hate them, and they’re flawed. Apple Inc. is trying to get rid of them entirely.
When Apple’s latest software updates for iPhones, iPads and Macs arrive this fall, they will include a way for users to log into various online accounts without entering passwords or relying on password managers to save and fill in credentials.
The technology generates unique passkeys for each app or browser-based service in the place of characters.
Those passkeys, a new type of identity authentication, prompt a scan of your face or fingerprints to log you in.
Despite expert advice to create complex, unique passwords for every account, people often use the same password, get tricked into signing into fake websites that log their information, or have their account details leaked in data breaches.
Password managers beef up security, but if someone gets your master password, they can access all your logins.
Apple’s passkeys—and similar efforts from other technology giants—want to address those problems and replace passwords entirely.
They aim to be easier and more secure than passwords of old, Darin Adler, Apple’s vice president of internet technologies, said last week at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference.
Each passkey is unique, so there’s no re-use of passwords. Passkeys can be used on non-Apple devices, and for both new and old accounts.