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Google is finally bringing the FIDO standard to the Android operating system and Chrome browser. This will allow gadgets to generate unique cryptographic passkey tokens and pass them to websites instead of passwords.

To use passkey, you will need to have physical access to your smartphone and use a fingerprint scanner or passcode for authentication. Thanks to this, the user will not have to remember passwords, and he will not be afraid of phishing emails.

The Google ecosystem uses Google Password Manager for synchronization, and developers will need the WebAuthn API for Chrome to add the feature to their services. For sites and services without passkey support, the user will be able to use regular saved passwords.

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For now, the feature will require a beta version of Google Play Services and Chrome Canary, and will be available to the public before the end of the year. Before the end of the year, Google plans to introduce the API into standard applications so that it works in conjunction with the web version of the same service.

Google is not the only company seeking to get rid of passwords: in September, Apple introduced macOS Ventura, with which the Safari browser will receive FIDO support. The update is expected to be available to users by the end of October.

Given that the FIDO standard is universal, Android users will have no problem generating a passkey for logging into an application on a Mac. This will also work with iPhones and Windows computers.

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