Passkeys could improve the way you work, forever

In all my years in IT I have never met anyone who loves passwords! People hate coming up with them, remembering them (without writing them on a sticky note, or in the book which you hide in your desk drawer), and the frustrating process of resetting them.

It’s understandable why people take shortcuts, it’s human nature to opt for the path of least resistance.  People use things like using their pet’s name or reusing a password across several accounts.

Those are extremely bad habits that put businesses at risk. And it’s why we’re relieved that Passkeys are coming – as soon as this autumn.

So, what is a Passkey?  Well essentially, they are very simple, and you won’t ever have to remember a password again. To login to something, you’ll use your phone to prove it’s really you.

Your computer will use Bluetooth to verify you’re sat nearby, then send a verification message to your phone.

You’ll unlock your phone in the usual way, with your face, fingerprint or PIN. And that’s it. You’re logged in.  It’s a bit like the secondary stage of multifactor authentication if you use an app on your phone like Microsoft Authenticator.

Apple has announced they will start using Passkeys later this year with iOS (that’s the operating system for your iPhone) 16. Google and Microsoft will offer them in the near future as well and are currently testing their systems.

We think Passkeys will become a hot topic in the year ahead. Can you see your business adopting them?  It will make a boost to your productivity and security in a second!