Enlarge / Google says the login flow will go something like this, from left to right: type in your username, pick a passkey, scan a finger. Hopefully your device has biometrics. (credit: Google)
Google is taking a big step toward our supposedly passwordless future by enabling passkey-only Google accounts. In the blog post, titled “The beginning of the end of the password,” Google says: “We’ve begun rolling out support for passkeys across Google Accounts on all major platforms. They’ll be an additional option that people can use to sign in, alongside passwords, 2-Step Verification (2SV), etc.” Previously, you’ve been able to use a passkey with a Google account as part of two-factor authentication, but that was always in addition to a password. Now it’s possible to use a Google account with a passkey instead of a password.
A passkey, if you haven’t heard of the new authentication method, is a new