Cupertino-based technology giant Apple has announced it will automatically assign a password, allowing users to log in to their Apple ID using Face ID or Touch ID instead of their password on several Apple login pages, including icloud.com.
Logging into Apple websites is now simplified as users can enter a password instead of their full Apple ID credentials, including PIN and password. This option will be available on Apple’s website for a more convenient sign-up process.
“This update enables a user to sign in to any Apple web property using the designated passcode for their Apple ID, and it can be used with Sign in with Apple on the web,” Apple said in a statement.
According to Apple, users with beta versions of iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and macOS Sonoma can test it starting today at iCloud.com and appleid.apple.com. This will be available later this year for all supported devices with the iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and macOS Sonoma releases.
What is Apple Passey?
Passkeys are easier to use than passwords and much more secure. Passkey is the company’s implementation of an industry standard designed to strip passwords for online authentication.
It can reduce the risks of account compromise because passwords, which can be leaked, disclosed or stolen, are removed from the authentication flow. Plus, they aren’t reused across sites like passwords can, so there’s less risk of stolen credentials affecting other accounts.
Passkey is based on the WebAuthn standard, allowing users to use biometric authentication such as Face ID or Touch ID, or use a PIN to validate a login attempt.
The private key never leaves your devices, so it cannot be leaked through any websites or apps. You can use AirDrop to securely share a password with someone else. You can use a passcode on your iPhone to log into an account on non-Apple devices.