Your iPhone is killing passwords forever ‘in four weeks’ – what you need to do
APPLE plans to kill passwords in just a few weeks.
If you’re an iPhone owner, you’ll want to make sure you’re part of the passwordless revolution.
Cyber experts have been issuing password warnings for years.
Simple passwords are easily guessed – and even complicated passwords can be cracked or leaked.
We now connect to more apps and services than ever before, and more of our personal lives are now on the internet.
Apple is now introducing passwordless logins in iOS 16 for iPhone and macOS Ventura for Mac later this year.
The major change was announced in June at Apple’s WWDC 2022 event.
And that will take shape in September, when iOS 16 launches alongside the rumored iPhone 14 – just weeks away.
It works using a new system called Passkeys.
Instead of registering (or logging in) to a website using a password, you will use an access key.
This is a digital key that you don’t need to remember.
And you simply authenticate who you are using your fingerprint (Touch ID) or face (Face ID) on an iPhone or Mac.
The connection will be just as fast and means you will have a connection that simply cannot be guessed or leaked.
Your passkeys are stored on your devices, but will sync across multiple gadgets using Apple’s iCloud Keychain, which already exists to track passwords.
Nobody can read your Passkeys, Apple included.
And that means you can’t be tricked into phishing a password, because you won’t have any information to hand over.
The ultimate plan is to allow Passkeys to work on non-Apple devices as well, including Windows laptops and Android phones.
Both Microsoft and Google have been developing passwordless systems for years.
We expect the new iOS 16 to go live in September.
It’s currently being tested – you can join the iOS 16 public beta here.
Once iOS 16 is fully operational, make sure to download and install it as soon as possible.
This could save you from dangerous hacking attacks.
In the meantime, make sure your passwords are as strong as possible – and totally unique for each service.
You can already use Apple’s iCloud Keychain to automatically create complex passwords, which will be stored on your iPhone.
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