The highly reliable password manager appears to be on track to keep cool this summer. Nevertheless, it chose to dazzle and fire enthusiasm into its users with an announcement on Twitter that revealed its plans for this summer on how 1Password is trying for zero passwords. The tweet hints that users will soon need only one passkey to sign in to 1Password.
Not many of you might be aware that 1Password was the first third-party iOS app that offered TouchID back in 2014 and since then they have evolved to security parameters like Face ID, Windows Hello, Fingerprints, and more. According to a recent blog post by 1Password on their official website, the company hinted at this plan last year in November with an announcement over their blog, and now it is detailing its embrace of the no-password password manager compatible with biometric passkey technology that allows a user to securely log in to apps and websites through its platform using a passkey.
That means a user will soon no longer need multiple passwords and not even the one used to unlock 1Password. While other third-party password managers rival companies like Dashlane and tech giants like Apple, Google, and Microsoft already have incorporated or announced the integrations of passkey in their software and now its 1Password eagerly looking forward to the user-friendly market trend of security with a handful of websites, apps, and services while more to be integrated soon.
The drive to adopt passkey technology is to dismantle the security concerns linked to traditional passwords that are vulnerable to being stolen or scammed out or compromised in data breaches. “Passkeys are built on the same security foundation as our Secret Key – public key cryptography – but without requiring a password. This ensures strong security properties, while being a heck of a lot more convenient to use,” says Steve Won in the blog.
Despite that a user still uses Biometrics like a fingerprint of a FaceID, Retina scan, etc to sign in to the 1Password account, the company draws the attention of readers about why biometrics alone don’t actually replace a password but eventually makes it more masked and secured. But by generating, managing, and using passkeys, the company would adopt the no-password technology thereby eliminating the probable chances of attack.
Even though users still use biometrics, such as a fingerprint, FaceID, Retina scan, etc. to log into their 1Password accounts, the company has drawn the attention of readers and tried to explain to them why biometrics are convenient but alone do not actually replace passwords, but rather make them more secure by masking. But soon by being able to generate, manage, and use passkeys, they emphasize how it would adopt the no-password approach, henceforth then eliminating the chances of an attack. The user will now have the option to create a passkey and unlock 1Password using only that.
In the same blog, Steve Won says, “Passkeys are also resistant to phishing, and they have a full 256 bits of entropy to prevent cracking – providing even more protection than our Secret Key. They’re safeguarded by biometrics and hardware-level security. And we’re building them to be portable between all your devices and platforms.”
Passkeys use public key cryptography, which allows users to replace traditional passwords with their device’s own authenticator. With passkeys, the user would be able to:
- Create a 1Password account without a password or a security key. So, no more stress of forgetting the password.
- Easy, secure, and reliable access to sign-in on new devices
- Use built-in biometric authentication wherever 1Password is used, including on the web.
While threats of security breaches stand still in the era, claims made by 1Password is trying for zero passwords is a mirage of hope that may turn out dependable in the future.