Weak passwords can put your online accounts at risk, but password manager NordPass seems to have a solution. The app has just added support for Passkeys, giving you an even more secure way to keep your all-important logins safe and sound.
Instead of an unsecured password, Passkey works by using your biometric data as your login ‘fingerprint’. For example, you can use the Touch ID button on a Mac or the facial recognition scanner on your smartphone to log in to your account. No typing required.
Now, NordPass can manage every passkey you create and store it for the future. The next time you want to log in to a website that uses a passkey, NordPass will present your saved passkey, so you can log in quickly and easily. The feature was teased in January, but has now been fully rolled out.
Because NordPass offers apps on Mac, PC, iOS, Android, and Linux, it means you’ll be able to use its Passkey feature on almost any platform you come across. This is important to ensure that there are no gaps in your login security.
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The advantage of using passkeys is that they remove some of the human error element. Complex passwords are difficult to create and remember, and many people default to simplified passwords and then use them on multiple accounts, greatly increasing the risk to their secure data if one account is compromised. Although you don’t need to remember the passkey, it makes it less likely that you’ll cut corners and reduce your security.
NordPass isn’t the only app making moves in this area. Fellow password manager 1Password says it will support Passkey in “early 2023,” while there are plenty of other apps and websites where you can use Passkey to log in, from Kayak to Best Buy.
In May 2022, Apple, Google, and Microsoft announced that they were working together with the FIDO Alliance to create a better alternative to passwords, and Passkeys are the result of that collaboration. If the project continues to gain traction, vulnerable logins like “password123” may be a thing of the past.