Advanced Google Account Protection Can Now Be Achieved with a Passkey

Advanced Google Account Protection Can Now Be Achieved with a Passkey
Advanced Google Account Protection Can Now Be Achieved with a Passkey

Google is loosening up its advanced account protection system, adding the ability to log in with a passkey. An easier option than the physical access key.

Launched in 2017, the advanced protection feature double-locks access to an account GoogleIt is aimed at high-risk users, such as business leaders, journalists, election campaign teams, politicians, or human rights activists who fear being spied on by intelligence agencies or targeted by malware.

A double-locked Google account

Until now, activating the feature required the use of two physical keys, such as Yubikeys; then, to be able to log in to an account, you had to use a physical key. While this operation is still current, Google has added another one: a passkeyor passkey. Easier to use, the passkey only requires biometric authentication (fingerprints, facial recognition), or a code.

Passkeys are more secure than traditional passwords and traditional two-factor authentication (2FA) systems, Google explains. The virtual key is stored on the device, not on servers. This option is also easier to manage than physical keys: you can lose them, not have them on you…

« Passkeys offer high-risk users the ability to rely on the ease and security of using their personal devices they already own, rather than relying on another device or tool like a security key, for phishing-resistant authentication. “, assures Google. The search engine launched in May 2023 the pass keys to protect general public accounts.

To enable advanced protection and use a passkey, head to this Google page.

Read: Thanks to “passkeys”, Google is marking the “beginning of the end of passwords”

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