What are passkeys? A cybersecurity researcher explains how you can use your phone to make passwords a thing of the past
Passkeys are digital credentials stored on your phone or computer and are analogous to physical keys. You access your passkey by signing in to your device using a personal identification number (PIN), swipe pattern or biometrics like fingerprint or face recognition. You set your online accounts to trust your phone or computer. To break into your accounts, a hacker would need to physically possess your device and have the means to sign in to it. Dr. Sayonnha Mandal, cybersecurity researcher, believes that passkeys not only provide faster, easier and more secure sign-ins, they minimize human error in password security and authorization steps. You don’t need to remember passwords for every account and don’t need to use two-factor authentication.