Master keys are the future of security. That’s according to password manager company Dashlane. In a blog post this week, the company announced in-browser Passkeys support for its password management service. Users can start importing passkeys generated by other services into their accounts.
The irony of a password management company helping to destroy passwords doesn’t escape CEO JD Sherman. the forgete reported, the company boss said:
“We said guess what, our job is to make security easy for users, and this is a great tool for doing that. So we should actually think about ushering in this passwordless era.”
The technology behind the Passkey is to replace typing a text-based password in favor of a public key cryptographic model. Basically, your master key is stored securely on your smartphone. When you sign in to a website or service, your phone uses biometrics, such as photos and fingerprints, to verify your identity and sign you in. Dashlane builds this type of security into its password management system.
Dashlane joins forces with tech giants Apple, Google, and Microsoft to usher in the password era. The three big companies have a joint venture called FIDO Alliance dedicated to eliminating passwords. Google demonstrated its Passkey solutions earlier this year. Apple plans to launch its Passkey technology before the end of the year with the release of iOS 16. Microsoft currently supports passwordless schemes, but only with Microsoft accounts.
Source: Dashlane via The edge
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