One of the most important apps to store your credentials, 1Password has announced a new era of the app by embracing the passkey feature. With that, the app that stores credentials plans to move all the characters, numbers, and special digits to your finger or face.
The announcement comes several months after Apple introduced a similar solution with iOS 16 and macOS Ventura to end passwords to a more secure option. When using Apple Passkeys on an iOS 16, iPadOS 16, or macOS Ventura device, the company will prompt you to log in with Touch ID or Face ID instead of asking you to type in your password. Apple says that biometric verification is both safer and easier than having us remember countless alphanumeric passwords. With passkeys, you’ll rarely have to type out a password again, as long as you’re using an iPhone, iPad, or Mac.
Passkeys introduce a new sign-in method that is end-to-end encrypted and safe from phishing and data leaks. This makes passkeys stronger than all common two-factor authentication types. They also work on non-Apple devices.
In a blog post, 1Password explains how the company will take a similar approach by adopting its own technology built on the FIDO Alliance’s WebAuthn standards, meaning not only iPhone users can take advantage of passkeys but Android users as well. Here’s how 1Password will take the first step:
For passkeys to be the way forward, it’s not enough for them to replace some of your passwords. They have to be able to replace all passwords – including the one you use to unlock 1Password.
So we’re incredibly excited to announce that, starting this summer, you’ll have the option to create and unlock your 1Password account using only a passkey! No passwords required.
The company explains how this transition, available this summer, will improve the user’s experience with the app:
- Create a 1Password account without a password or a Secret Key.
- Sign in on new devices with ease.
- Use your phone to unlock 1Password on your Mac, PC, and browser.
- Accelerate onboarding for enterprise users or friends and family.
- Use built-in biometric authenticators everywhere you use 1Password, including on the web.
You can learn more about this change in the video below.