Apple’s replacement for the password

Apple has always put security at the forefront of its product design, which is why the company is so much harder to hack than other tech brands.

Apple is also now making it easier for you to protect yourself from threats from people who might have your information, whether you know them or not. This is thanks to the new security features that come with the latest version of iOS.

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If you don’t have iOS 16 yet, be sure to install the latest operating system for iPhone and iPad and read on to see why iOS 16 has more important features you didn’t even know about.

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Woman using smartphone on a wooden desk. The smartphone is an iPhone 8. The iPhone is a touchscreen smartphone developed by Apple Inc.
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What exactly is a master key?

Say goodbye to the passportWord and hello to the master key. Apple developed the cryptographic feature as a replacement for passwords because they are more secure, preventing hackers from guessing combinations to try to break into your account.

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This feature allows users to unlock their devices with just their face or fingerprint, making accessing their devices easier and more convenient. Passkey unlocks your device simply by looking at your device with facial recognition.

Since a person’s face or fingerprint is unique, it will be exceedingly difficult for any hacker to unlock a device. With this feature, Apple Passkey allows you to access services such as banking or shopping apps that require authentication.

How to set up a passkey

Passkeys can work on all iOS 16 devices using iCloud Keychain.

  1. Go two settings
  2. Tap your name at the top
  3. Loss iCloud
  4. Loss Passwords and keychain
  5. Make sure the option is checked
Apple is also now making it easier for you to protect yourself from threats from people who might have your information, whether you know them or not.

Apple is also now making it easier for you to protect yourself from threats from people who might have your information, whether you know them or not.
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How to use passkeys

After setting up Passkeys, when you enter a passkey on a new website while using your iPhone or iPad, you have the option to store that passkey in the key. It creates a key that works on the website and is end-to-end encrypted so only you have that password.

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Note that the websites you visit must also support this option for this to work. Without this feature, you’ll have to enter your password the old-fashioned way.

Apple is also now making it easier for you to protect yourself from threats from people who might have your information, whether you know them or not.

Apple is also now making it easier for you to protect yourself from threats from people who might have your information, whether you know them or not.
(Kurt Knutsson)

Which websites support Passkeys?

Although it doesn’t seem to be in common use yet, a few sites where you can find it at the time of publication are included

  • AOL
  • best buy
  • Dropbox
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • Microsoft
  • Twitter
  • Yahoo
  • eBay
  • Go Daddy
  • PayPal
  • safari

How to set up a passkey for a supported app

How to set up a passkey for a supported app that you don’t already have an account for

  • Enter your e-mail address
  • Click Create Account
  • A notification will appear asking if you want to set up a passkey
  • Click Next and a master key will be created

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The steps may differ from app to app. In some cases you may need to set up an account and then set up the master key by:

  • Go to profile
  • click account
  • Click Set Up Passkey
  • A notification will appear asking if you want to set up a passkey
  • Click Next and a master key will be created.
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These are also the steps you would follow if you wanted to set up a passkey for an app or website where you already have an account. However, this too can differ between apps and websites.

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How to manage your passkeys

After setting up passkeys for different apps, you can view and manage them as follows:

  • Go to settings
  • Tap on Passwords
  • Tap the app where you want to manage the passkey
  • You can see your username and when the master key was created
  • You have the option to add a note and remove old passwords
  • Click Edit to change specific information
  • You can remove a passkey by tapping Delete Passkey.

Since most websites don’t use passkeys, it will be some time before we don’t have to use and remember passwords. Until then, the most effective way to manage our passwords is with one of our recommended password managers.

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