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Passwords are painful. If you don’t use a password manager, creating, remembering and using a strong password can be a huge hassle. This is why so many people either use short passwords, or reuse the same password across multiple accounts. There’s a solution for that and they’re called Passkeys. They are the new kind of login credential that entirely replaces passwords. Unlike passwords, passkeys don’t need to be memorised, there’s no such thing as a weak passkey, and they can’t be stolen in a data breach. They’re much more secure than passwords, incredibly easy to use and are widely supported. From today, June 6, 1Password’s browser extension will support passkey sign ins. And in July, the company will go further, releasing a beta of their password manager that lets users sign into their vaults with a public/private encrypted passkey. Perhaps this is the tipping point where passwords will start being past tense.

This segment was created for the It’s 5:05 podcast