Apple Demonstrates Safari’s ‘Pass Keys’ Support in macOS Ventura That Will Help End Passwords


At the WWDC 2022 event, Apple just showed how Safari in macOS Ventura supports “passwords”, a login standard built with cross-platform support to enable logins that use no passwords at all. Apple isn’t alone in this effort either, as last month Google and Microsoft joined Apple to announce their new step forward on a long-evolving plot to destroy passwords once and for all.

By completely avoiding the use of passwords, they should prevent users from falling victim to phishing attacks, social engineering or bot attacks that plug in passwords that have been locked from databases of leaked passwords. Instead, you can use a device (such as your phone or computer) as your primary authentication device, so using Face ID or Touch ID or entering the device’s PIN is enough to sign in to various services on the web .

Apple showed how the “passwords” in the iCloud Keychain are backed up, allowing for synchronization between Mac, iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, with end-to-end encryption, as well as the QR codes that you would use to connect your phone to the system. When you use them to sign in to a service, the actual keys remain on your device, which is another measure to keep them secure.

Created by the FIDO Alliance, this passwordless authentication standard promises support across platforms. Apple, Google and Microsoft said they expect to support the new system on their platforms next year, and judging by this demonstration, macOS Ventura and iOS 16 will be one of the first ways to try it out.


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