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NordPass is ready to embrace a passwordless future with passkey support

Password managers have significantly streamlined our online lives. Utilizing one of them beats keeping a physical copy that is inaccessible from everywhere or keeping a mental list of all your passwords. The weakest link in your cybersecurity chain is now your master password for the database of saved credentials. NordPass is the newest service to adopt the passkey-based future that is being promoted by organizations like Google and 1Password.

A password-less future

As the system has been in place for a long time, we are unable to imagine these logins without passwords. Although, as per the perspective of the FIDO Alliance, passkeys are the future and the latest technologies tend to adapt to this change. As part of a recent announcement from NordPass, users are now able to store, autofill, and share passkeys from NordPass with the ease of platform-agnostic cross-device sync.

Now, desktop, the web vault, the Firefox extension, and the Chrome extension all support NordPass passkeys. Later this year, support for Safari will become available. The associated APIs for Android will be released by Google in August of this year; thus, the passkeys won’t be available on NordPass’ Android app until then. Keep in mind that you can only save passkeys using all the methods. They aren’t changing the master password needed to access your NordPass account at this time.

Passkeys, on the other hand, provide more security because they operate differently than passwords. A service that accepts passwords verifies your identification by comparing the credentials you input against a copy that is saved on the server. If you were to use a passkey, the key pair on your device would be required in addition to the key pair kept on the server, which is further protected by on-device biometric authentication. Together, they can authenticate you on the service if both keys match. Moreover, there is no passkey memory.

Passkeys will eventually put an end to convenience-driven accidental password reuse, and perhaps even two-factor authentication. Passwords are less likely to be “forgotten” because they are linked to your biometrics at the device level. Passkeys also prevent you from potential keylogger attacks, like the one which left LastPass’s database vulnerable recently.

Together with this significant step forward, NordPass also made known its continued work to create a platform that will allow companies and online service providers to integrate passkeys known. Using primarily biometrics, the company is also developing password-less multifactor authentication for enterprises. It’s good to see that well-known password managers are eager to embrace a password-free future.