The password manager platform 1Password has now rolled out passkey support for its iOS users. After an earlier promise to support the authentication system in the spring of this year, 1Password belatedly started a pilot test in July. Now, it’s letting all users running iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 take advantage of the passwordless authentication system to access their secure password vaults.
1Password’s new feature allows users to create, manage, and sign in with passkeys on a growing number of websites and apps. The update is available on the desktop version of 1Password in the browser, as well as on iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 devices. Users can also use 1Password on any device to view, organize, and share their saved passkeys. This move comes as companies like Google, Nintendo, and GitHub are turning on capabilities for passkeys, making it a convenient time for users to upgrade their logins.
Passkeys offer a secure and convenient way to sign in to compatible websites and apps without the need for passwords or two-factor authentication codes. Unlike passwords, passkeys have two parts: a public key and a private key. The private key is not shared with the service you’re signing into, making passkeys resistant to phishing and data breaches. Users can sync their passkeys between devices, making them accessible on any device and any major web browser.
1Password is also working on Android support for passkeys. Google is developing Android 14 and APIs that will enable password managers like 1Password to create and use passkeys inside Chrome and other apps. 1Password plans to support these APIs as soon as they are available, giving Android users the option to save and sign in with passkeys.
The company is also giving business admins the choice to enable or disable passkey support for their teams. The company says this is part of 1Password’s broader goal to be at the forefront of passwordless authentication and offer a complete passkey solution.
September 22, 2023 – by the Mobile ID World Editorial Team