1Password, one of the most well-known password managers out there, will soon be removing passwords altogether and opting to support passkeys instead.
Touted as the successor to passwords, passkeys securely store credentials on your devices, allowing you to instantly log into your accounts without having to remember any codes or phrases.
1Password claims that users will soon be able to generate, manage, and use passkeys with its platform, and that no master password will be required to access their vault by summer 2023, as it can also be accessed via a passkey.
Don’t remember anymore
1Password initially announced its passkey support in November 2022, stating that early 2023 would be the likely estimate of their arrival on its platform.
In an accompanying video (opens in new tab)CPO Steve Won commented on Apple’s attempt to monopolize access keys, becoming one of the first major tech companies to support the technology.
In a recent blog post (opens in new tab) about the passwords, Won said that unlocking 1Password without a master password is already possible with biometrics, such as a fingerprint or via facial recognition.
However, as Won puts it, “biometrics don’t really replace the password; they just mask it. That’s why 1Password asks you to type in your password periodically to make sure you remember it.”
Passkeys also use biometrics to verify your identity, but the password layer has been eliminated altogether.
Passkeys uses two keys: a public and a private key. This is a highly encrypted string of random codes and is unique to each service you have. The public key is stored in the cloud, while the private key is only stored on your device, making it resistant to phishing attacks. The two keys are combined once you authenticate with your biometric data and allow you to access your account.
Many digital services currently support the use of passwords (opens in new tab) for users to access their accounts, such as PayPal and eBay, with many more expected to be added in the future.
Most of the big tech also seems to be heading towards throwing out passwords, with Apple Google and Microsoft and many others all supporting passkeys as well. They are also board members of the FIDO alliance (opens in new tab)the organization behind setting the standards behind password technology.