Did you ever imagine a world where the lengthy, complicated passwords people often forget would become a thing of the past?
It seems that day might be arriving sooner than we anticipated.
Google has officially made Passkeys the default sign-in method for all personal accounts on its network, signaling the beginning of a new era in online security.
What's a Passkey, you ask?
It's the next big thing in internet safety. And as a business owner with staff, you should pay attention to this game-changing innovation.
Here’s everything you need to know.
What are Passkeys?
Imagine logging into your account using just a four-digit PIN or your biometric data like fingerprints or facial recognition. That's precisely what a Passkey is.
Simple, isn't it?
But don't let the simplicity fool you. This new technology significantly reduces the likelihood of having your credentials stolen or your account taken over by cybercriminals.
How do Passkeys work?
Creating a Passkey is easy. Head over to Google's official Passkeys website, create a PIN or connect your biometrics (fingerprint or face), link your smartphone, and you're done.
Just remember, your PC needs to run at least Windows 10, or your Mac should have macOS Ventura or above. And on your phone, you need Android 9 or iOS 16.
As of now, this tech works only on Microsoft Edge, Safari, and Google Chrome browsers.
What are the benefits of Passkeys?
According to Google, 64% of people find Passkeys easier to use than traditional login methods.
Not only are they simpler and more secure, they're also faster. Logging in with a Passkey is 40% quicker than using a regular password.
Google's decision to make Passkeys the default sign-in method is just the beginning. The tech giant is already working with select partners to make this new login usable across Chrome and Android. It's already available on Uber and eBay, with plans to expand to WhatsApp soon.
So, it might be wise to start thinking about how Passkeys can benefit your business. After all, Google could soon roll out this feature for business accounts too.
Meantime, if you're not quite ready to embrace Passkeys, you can still opt out. Just head to the Sign-in options page, find "Skip Password When Possible", and toggle off the switch.
We’d recommend you give it a try and see how much easier – and more secure – it can make things. And of course, if you need any help, get in touch.
How secure do you think your passwords are? Do you believe that longer is always better? Well, we have some news for you. It's time for a serious talk about password security.
New research has revealed a sobering truth – even passwords that are 15 characters long can be compromised. Yes, you read that right. It's time to face the stark reality… length doesn't always mean strength.
The eight-character password reigns supreme as the most compromised length of a password. But don't breathe a sigh of relief if yours is a longer one. The 15-character password also appears in the top ten most compromised lengths.
You might ask, "How could this be?" The answer lies not only in the password length but also in the content of the password and whether you use the same password on multiple sites.
The most compromised eight-character password is none other than "password" itself, while the most compromised 15-character password is "Sym_newhireOEIE".
Doesn’t exactly feel secure, does it?
It's not just about individual people. Businesses like yours are at high risk too. An alarming 86% of all cyber attacks start with stolen credentials. That's nearly nine out of ten attacks. Can you afford to be complacent?
Sure, longer passwords do offer more resistance to brute force cracking. An eight-character password can be cracked in five minutes, while a good 15-character one could take up to 37 million years if it does not follow any obvious pattern (i.e., it’s random and uses many types of characters). Impressive, right?
But remember, this is just one piece of the puzzle. Length alone won't save you from stolen credentials via phishing attacks.
Use a robust business password manager. Not only will it randomly generate long passwords for you, but it will also remember them and fill in the login box for you.
You should also use two-factor authentication, where you generate a code on a separate device to prove it’s you. Even if cyber criminals crack your password, they still won’t be able to access your data.
If you need help keeping your business better protected, get in touch.