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Apple’s replacement for the password

Apple’s replacement for the password

Apple has always put security at the forefront of its product design, which is why the company is so much harder to hack than other tech brands.

Now Apple also makes it easier for you to protect yourself from threatening people who may have your information, whether you know them or not. That’s thanks to new security features that come with the latest version of iOS.

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If you don’t yet have iOS 16, be sure to install the latest operating system for iPhone and iPad and read on to see why iOS 16 has more important features you didn’t even know about.

Woman using smartphone on a wooden desk.  The smartphone is an iPhone 8. The iPhone is a touchscreen smartphone developed by Apple Inc.

Woman using smartphone on a wooden desk. The smartphone is an iPhone 8. The iPhone is a touchscreen smartphone developed by Apple Inc.
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What exactly is a password?

Say goodbye to the passportword and hello to the password. Apple created the cryptographic feature as a replacement for passwords because they’re more secure, so hackers aren’t guessing combinations to try to get into your account.

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This feature allows users to unlock their devices with just their face or fingerprint, making accessing their devices easier and more convenient. With Passkey, the device is unlocked by looking at the device using facial recognition.

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Since a person’s face or fingerprint is unique, it will be very difficult for any hacker to be able to unlock a device. With this feature, Apple Passkey allows you to access services such as banking or shopping apps that require authentication.

How to set up an access key

Passkeys can work across devices with iOS 16 using iCloud Keychain.

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Tap your name at the top
  3. Press iCloud
  4. Press Password and key ring
  5. Make sure the option is turned on
Now Apple also makes it easier for you to protect yourself from threatening people who may have your information, whether you know them or not.

Now Apple also makes it easier for you to protect yourself from threatening people who may have your information, whether you know them or not.
(Kurt Knutsson)

How to use passwords

After setting up passwords, when you enter a password on a new website while using your iPhone or iPad, you’ll be given the option to save the password to the key. It creates a key that works on the website and is end-to-end encrypted, so only you have that password.

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Note that for this to work, the websites you visit must also support this option. Without this feature, you’ll have to enter your password the old-fashioned way.

Now Apple also makes it easier for you to protect yourself from threatening people who may have your information, whether you know them or not.

Now Apple also makes it easier for you to protect yourself from threatening people who may have your information, whether you know them or not.
(Kurt Knutsson)

Which sites support passkeys?

Although it doesn’t yet seem to be universally used, some sites you can find this on include publishing.

  • AOL
  • Best buy
  • Dropbox
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • Microsoft
  • Twitter
  • Yahoo
  • eBay
  • Go dad
  • PayPal
  • Safari
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How to set up a passkey on a supported app

To set up a password on a supported app that you don’t already have an account with

  • Enter your email address
  • Tap Create your account
  • A notification will appear asking if you want to set up a password key
  • Press continue and a passkey will be generated

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The steps may vary from app to app. In some cases, you may need to set up an account and then set up the password by:

  • Go to profile
  • Click on account
  • By clicking on configure a password
  • A notification will appear asking if you want to set up a password key
  • Press continue and a password will be created.
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These are also the steps you would take if you wanted to set up a password on an app or website that you already have an account on. Once again, however, this may vary between apps and websites.

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How to manage access keys

Once you’ve set up passwords on different apps, you’ll be able to view and manage them by:

  • Go to settings
  • Pressing password
  • Tap on the app where you want to manage the password
  • You will be able to see your username and when the password was created
  • You will have the option to add a note and remove old passwords
  • Click Edit to change specific information
  • You can remove an access key by pressing “Delete password”
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With most websites not using passwords, it will still take some time before we don’t need to use and remember any passwords. Until then, the most efficient way to manage our passwords is with one of our recommended password managers.

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