Passkeys coming to iOS 17 and macOS Sonoma (and that’s great)

In iOS 17 and Sonoma there is a new way to log in with passkeys. But what’s in it for you?

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Passkeys in iOS 17

Do you also find it so annoying when you sometimes have to log in to a website with a password that you have long forgotten? With your iPhone you can enter passwords more easily, but that is not always possible. That’s why we have good news. With Passkeys in iOS 17 and macOS Sonoma, that hassle with passwords is finally a thing of the past.

But how exactly does that work? If you have the beta of iOS 17 on your iPhone, you can already give it a try. If you surf to the website with your Mac, you only have to enter the email address of your Apple ID from now on. Normally you have to type in the password afterwards, but not anymore.

You then tap the ‘Log in with iPhone’ button. Then you scan a kind of special QR code with your iPhone’s camera. You will then receive a notification on your iPhone asking if you want to log in with Face ID. Did you do this? Then the website will automatically open in the browser on your Mac.

The great thing about this way of logging in is that not only Apple will receive support for it. Microsoft and Google also have support for an easier way to log in. For example, you use a USB stick that shows a code for one-time use. You can then fill in this code (automatically). This is a FIDO certified security key. You can read more about this in the article below.

Read more: Secure Apple ID with security key – that’s how it works

Benefits of logging in with passkeys in iOS 17

There are significant advantages to this way of logging in. When you log in the old way with your username and password, the website needs to know the password. If the website is involved in a data breach, malicious parties can gain access to your password. That is no longer the case when using Passkeys.

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In addition, it is also safer when you use a public WiFi connection, for example. You don’t have to worry that your password will be intercepted, because they are never sent via the WiFi network.

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