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Google Is Adding Passkey Support for Its Most Vulnerable Users


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The password killers known as “passkeys” are now available to users of Google's Advanced Protection Program, which works to add an additional layer of account protection for people who fear that they could face targeted digital attacks. The company is more than a year into supporting passkeys for all regular individual accounts and made them the default login option in October. But Google waited to offer passkeys to APP users until it was sure the community was ready to take the step.

APP users typically have a public-facing position or do controversial work. Anyone can enroll for free, but enabling Advanced Protection involves strict requirements for adding multi-factor authentication to an account, which previously involved hardware tokens. With the addition of passkeys, though, APP project manager Shuvo Chatterjee points out that APP's defensive benefits will now be more usable and accessible to people ...


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