The 1Password passkeys demo shows the passwordless future you can expect in the next year

1Password’s Passkeys functionality will launch next year, but to help people understand the benefits and prepare for a world without passwords, the company has put together an interactive demo.

Although the company used in the demo is fictitious, you will be creating a real passkey that will be saved to your 1Password account…

What are passkeys?

Currently, to log into a website or application, we usually enter a username and password. We’ve argued for years that passwords are a pretty terrible method of security – and we get more with every additional service we use. Security questions as a crude form of two-factor authentication are an even bigger mess.

Instead, passkeys allow our device to authenticate us. The logic is this (using an iPhone with Face ID as an example):

  • A website or app asks you to identify yourself and verify your identity.
  • The iPhone receives this request and activates Face ID.
  • If your face matches, your iPhone tells the website who you are,
    And it confirmed your identity.

No password ever involved: Authentication takes place on your device, not on the website’s server. The web server trusts your iPhone to authenticate you in much the same way that payment terminals trust your phone for Apple Pay transactions.

The passkey standard was developed by an industry body known as the FIDO Alliance, but each company that supports the standard is free to use its own label. Apple brands this feature passkeys in iCloud Keychain, and 1Password calls its implementation Universal Sign On.

1Password View passkeys

1Password promises support for passkeys in early 2023, and at the same time gives a quick preview of how it works, via an interactive demo. Note that the demo currently only works in Chrome, but the company says support for Safari and Firefox is coming soon.

It may take some time for your favorite websites and services to implement support for passkeys, but we want you to get a glimpse now. We’ll be rolling out this functionality to every 1Password customer in early 2023, but in the meantime we’re excited to reveal a live, interactive demo and passkeys in 1Password!

To help showcase how passkeys can transform your login experience, the demo site also includes an explainer video with everything you need to know. We walk you through what passkeys are, why passwordless technology remains so important and interoperable, and exactly what using passkeys in 1Password would look like.

Don’t normally use Chrome for 1Password, and not having the browser extension installed, accessing the demo was a bit of a tricky process, but then it worked, and I added the passkey to the vault.

If you don’t want to go through that much trouble, there’s a video demo as well. The video actually provides a better demo anyway, showing the entire login process. When you go to sign in to a website, a notification is sent to your iPhone. You tap that, it’s verified with Face ID, and you tap the button to agree to login.

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