Apple replace password

Apple has always put security at the forefront of its product design, which is why the company is more difficult to crack than other tech brands.

Apple is also now making it easier to protect yourself from threatening people who might have your information, whether you know them or not. Thanks to the new security features that come with the latest version of iOS.

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If you don’t have iOS 16 yet, make sure you have the latest operating system installed for iPhone and iPad and read on to find out why iOS 16 has more important features that you weren’t aware of.

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What exactly is a passkey?

Say goodbye to the passa word And welcome to the passkey. Apple created encryption as an alternative to passwords because it’s more secure, so hackers don’t guess combinations to try to get into your account.

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This feature allows users to unlock their device using just their face or fingerprint, which makes accessing their device easier and more convenient. With passkey, your device is unlocked just by looking at your device using facial recognition.

Since a person’s face or fingerprint is unique, it would be difficult for a hacker to be able to unlock the device. With this feature, your Apple Passkey will allow you to access services like banking or shopping apps that require authentication.

How to set up a passkey

Passkeys can work across iOS 16 devices using iCloud Keychain.

  1. go to the settings
  2. Click on your name at the top
  3. Faucet iCloud
  4. Faucet Passwords and Keychain
  5. Make sure the option is turned on
Apple is also now making it easier to protect yourself from threatening people who might have your information, whether you know them or not.

Apple is also now making it easier to protect yourself from threatening people who might have your information, whether you know them or not.
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How to use passkeys

After setting up passkeys, when you enter a password on any new website while using your iPhone or iPad, you will have the option to save that password to the key. It generates a key that works on the website and is encrypted end-to-end, so you only have that password.

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Note that for this to work, the sites you visit also need to support this option. Without this feature, you’ll need to type your password the old-fashioned way.

Apple is also now making it easier to protect yourself from threatening people who might have your information, whether you know them or not.

Apple is also now making it easier to protect yourself from threatening people who might have your information, whether you know them or not.
(Kurt Knutson)

What sites support passkeys?

Although it does not appear to be in universal use yet, some of the sites you can find at the time of publication include

  • AOL
  • best buy
  • dropbox
  • Facebook
  • The Google
  • Microsoft
  • Twitter
  • Hey ho
  • ebay
  • GoDaddy
  • PayPal
  • Safari

How to set up a passkey on a supported app

To set up a passkey on a supported app that you don’t already have an account with

  • Enter your e-mail address
  • Click on create your account
  • A notification will appear asking if you want to set up a passkey
  • Hit Continue, and a passkey will be generated

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The steps may vary from application to application. In some cases, you may need to set up an account, and then set up a passkey by:

  • Go to profile
  • Click on the account
  • Click Set Passkey
  • A notification will appear asking if you want to set up a passkey
  • Hit Continue and a passkey will be generated.
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Say goodbye to the passa word And welcome to the passkey. Apple created encryption as an alternative to passwords because it’s more secure, so hackers don’t guess combinations to try to get into your account.
(Kurt Knutson)

These are also the steps you might take if you want to set up a passkey on an app or website where you already have an account. Again, this may vary between apps and sites.

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How to manage your passkeys

Once you’ve set up passkeys on several apps, you’ll be able to view and manage them by:

  • Go to settings
  • Tapping on passwords
  • Tap on the app where you want to manage the passkey
  • You will be able to see your username and when the passkey was created
  • You will have the ability to add a note and remove old passwords
  • Click Edit to change specific information
  • You can remove the passkey by clicking on “Delete Passkey”

Since the majority of websites do not use passkeys, it will be some time before we no longer need to use and remember any passwords. Until then, the most effective way to manage our passwords is with one of our recommended password managers.

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