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How to Use Passkeys in Microsoft Edge Instead of Passwords

Microsoft Edge, the default web browser in Windows 10, has implemented a new security feature called WebAuthn to enhance the security of user accounts. WebAuthn is an authentication standard that allows users to log in to their accounts using a physical key instead of a password. Today, we will talk about how to use passkeys in Microsoft Edge.


To use WebAuthn or passkeys in Microsoft Edge, you'll need a device that supports WebAuthn and a compatible web browser. Once you have a compatible device, you can set up your passkey by going to your Microsoft account settings and selecting "Security." From there, you can select "Sign-in options" and then "Security key." Follow the on-screen instructions to set up your security key, which typically involves inserting the security key into a USB port or connecting it via Bluetooth.


Once you've set up your security key, you can use it to log in to your Microsoft account on any device that supports WebAuthn or passkeys. Simply enter your email address and click "Next," then insert your security key and follow the on-screen instructions.


WebAuthn and passkeys offers several advantages over traditional passwords. It eliminates the need to remember complex passwords or use password managers, making the login process faster and more convenient. Additionally, WebAuthn relies on physical keys that are much harder to hack or steal, providing a more secure way to authenticate user accounts.


Microsoft Edge is one of several web browsers that support WebAuthn, along with Google Chrome, Firefox, and Apple Safari. As more websites and services adopt WebAuthn, we can expect to see a shift away from passwords and toward more secure and user-friendly authentication methods.


In conclusion, WebAuthn is an exciting new development in online security, and Microsoft Edge has implemented it to help users protect their accounts. By using a physical key to authenticate user accounts, WebAuthn provides a more secure and user-friendly way to log in to online accounts.

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