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Google begins prompting users to create passwordless passkeys by default

The additional visibility will at least remind Google Account users that passkeys exist. | Illustration by Samar Haddad / The Verge

Google is making it easier for users to ditch passwords on their Google accounts in favor of passkeys — a fast, secure, and passwordless approach to logins that utilizes the pin, face, or fingerprint authentication built into your devices. Starting today, Google account users will be prompted to create a passkey for their account by default, sparing them from manually hunting through account settings for the setup process.

While the industry-wide goal is to eventually make passkeys the new login standard, Google says that passwords will “still remain part of our lives as we make the pivot.” As such, users can still choose to sign into their Google account with traditional passwords, and can opt out of using passkeys entirely by disabling…

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