The presentation of iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 at WWDC last June also included news such as Passkeys, a new way of understanding security keys following the protocols of the FIDO alliance. The purpose of these access keys is the elimination of passwords as we know them today, to avoid remembering infinite complex keys that we always forget. For this, iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 have Passkeys, the support of this new type of keys designed by FIDO/WC3 that are managed directly from the operating system. Nevertheless, the 1Password password manager has already announced that it will become compatible with Passkeys access keys in 2023 to manage them from a single place.

Greater security and access control with Passkeys in 1Password

The access keys have to be understood as something that we do not see and that are used as passwords. Let’s analyze its structure. An access key is made up of a pair of keys that increases the security of access to a certain account. One of these keys is public and is the one that the system applies in the registration of a certain account. The other key is private and is saved directly and only on your device. Thanks to keys and cryptographic methods, the public key needs the private key to access a certain account. And the private key is only available on one device.

However, to access this private key, user authentication is necessary in the same way that we identify ourselves to make a contactless payment. An unlock code, Touch ID, or Face ID will be enough to access the private key. Although there are many benefits of Passkeys, as always the native iOS option could be better to manage all these access keys. That is why 1Password, the well-known password manager, will be updated throughout 2023 to manage Passkeys directly from your application:

Imagine being able to do things online without passwords getting in the way. Passkeys unlock a new, simpler approach to login that works wherever you are, on any device, anywhere in the world. Access keys will be coming to 1Password in early 2023, but today we’re excited to share a sneak peek with you.

You can find out all the reasons and benefits of the arrival of Passkeys at 1Password on a website that they have made specifically for that. In addition, they have shown a small preview of what the 1Password interface will be like with the launch of this great change. throughout the year 2023. Finally, we can also test it in beta mode by registering on the same website.