You can now protect your high-risk Google Account using just your phone

Passkeys can replace traditional passwords with your device’s authentication methods. That way, you can sign in to Gmail, PayPal, or iCloud simply by activating Face ID on your iPhone, your Android phone’s fingerprint sensor, or with Windows Hello on a PC.

Thanks to WebAuthn (or Web Authentication) technology, two different keys are generated when you create an access code: one that is stored by the website or service where your account is located and one that is stored on the device you use to verify your identity.

Of course, if you have passkeys stored on your device, what happens if it gets broken or lost? Since passkeys work across multiple devices, you may have a backup available. Many services that support passkeys will also re-authenticate using your phone number or email address, or a hardware security key if you have one.

Apple and Google’s password vaults already support passkeys, and so do password managers like 1Password and Dashlane. 1Password has also created an online directory of services that allow users to log in using a passkey.

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