PayPal’s website will soon support passkeys, the password-free login system backed by Apple, Google, Microsoft, the FIDO alliance, and others. The feature is being rolled out now and will be “more widely available over the coming year,” per an announcement post.
According to PayPal, the deployment will begin on the website before it is implemented in the app, and users will need Chrome on Android 9 or later.
If it’s available for your account, you may get a prompt asking if you want to create a passkey, which you can authenticate using the biometric system or passcode to unlock your phone.
Passkeys are based on FIDO authentication standards and are generally cross-platform compatible; however, as the example of PayPal demonstrates, you may have to wait for a site or service to implement support on every platform you use.
Several password managers, including the ones built into iOS and Android, support synchronizing passkeys between devices, and there are ways to access them while you’re using a device they’re not synced to.
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Despite several big tech companies pitching passkeys as the key (no pun intended) to the passwordless future, they’re still relatively rare.
1Password has a page that keeps track of what sites and services support them, and while it does have some big names like Best Buy, Okta, Microsoft, and eBay, there are still only 38 entries on the list.
PayPal made a tweet regarding this news, which is given below-
We’re expanding passkeys to eligible customers on Google Android devices, starting on Android mobile web. Passkeys offer a simple, secure way to log in to PayPal based on technology that is highly resistant to phishing & other remote attacks. Learn more: https://t.co/65lEA1r5E6 pic.twitter.com/awezagF2Tx
— PayPal (@PayPal) March 23, 2023
Even if there are double the number of sites that support passkeys, you’d still be pretty hard-pressed to ditch passwords for good.
Even if you use a passkey to access your account on supported devices, the PayPal password will still be required. (While PayPal introduced passkey support for iOS devices last year, the company’s help center claims the feature is still in development for Windows.)