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How to Use Google's Passkeys Instead of Passwords

Google has implemented a new security feature called "passkeys" to enhance the security of user accounts. This feature is built into the Chrome browser and can be used to log in to Google accounts on any device.


Passkeys are a type of security key that uses FIDO2, a new authentication standard that allows users to log in to their accounts using a physical key instead of a password. This key can take the form of a USB key, a Bluetooth device, or even a smartphone.


To use passkeys, you'll need a device that supports FIDO2 and a compatible web browser, such as Chrome. Once you have a compatible device, you can set up your passkey by going to your Google account settings and selecting "Security." From there, you can select "2-Step Verification," then "Add Security Key."


Follow the on-screen instructions to set up your passkey, which typically involves inserting the security key into a USB port or connecting it via Bluetooth. Once you've set up your passkey, you can use it to log in to your Google account on any device that supports FIDO2.


Simply enter your email address and click "Next," then insert your security key and follow the on-screen instructions. Passkeys offer several advantages over traditional passwords. They are much more secure, as they rely on physical keys that are much harder to compromise than passwords.


They are also more convenient, as they eliminate the need to remember complex passwords or use password managers. Overall, passkeys are an exciting new development in online security.


As more websites and services adopt FIDO2, we can expect to see passkeys become more widespread and provide even greater security for our online accounts.

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