How to Switch to Passwordless Device Authentication with Google

Google is making it easier for users to opt out of providing a password by making it easier for them to sign up for the Advanced Protection Program.

The program is intended primarily for “high-risk” users, including those working on political campaigns and journalists handling confidential information.

With the latest update, users can set up a single passcode using the built-in biometric authentication feature on their Pixel phone or iPhone.

Passkey is an authentication method that eliminates passwords in favor of built-in device authentication.

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While password protection has been available for Google accounts since 2023, previous versions required the use of two physical security keys to protect sensitive accounts. One key was stored on the server and the other on the authenticator device. Accounts could be accessed using either key along with a password.

Now, users can set up a single passkey to authenticate their accounts without having to enter passwords. Passkey works by using the device’s built-in biometrics to authenticate users, eliminating the need to enter passwords.

Apple and Google password vaults, as well as several password managers, now provide passkeys to authenticate users. To use a passkey, users need compatible hardware that supports secure biometric authentication and updated software.

How do I set up a Gmail access key?

Users can create an access key by visiting the Google Advanced Protection Program page.

Click the “Get Started” button. The page will guide you through the setup.

Users will need to set up recovery methods that include a phone number, alternate email address, or second passkey in case they are locked out of their account.

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