All Gmail Personal Accounts to get passkey login security as default

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Starting early next year, specifically from January 16, 2024, Google is set to revolutionize its online services by making passkey login security the default mode. This transition marks a significant departure from traditional password-based login procedures.

While the precise rollout date remains pending, it is confirmed that this change will take effect in the early part of the upcoming year. Google account users will notice a pop-up message in the top-right corner of their screens, prompting them to opt for fingerprint or face scan logins.

Initially, this option will be selective for a few weeks, but eventually, it will become the default login method for online Google users. This means that users will be encouraged to employ fingerprint recognition, facial scanning, or a personal identification number (PIN) for accessing their accounts.

The introduction of passkey login security initially took place in January of the same year, with many users opting for it as their preferred method starting from February 2023. However, this secure login alternative was not mandatory during that time.

This move towards passwordless login procedures is significant as they are highly resilient against phishing attacks. Collaborating with industry giants such as Apple and Microsoft, Google is leading the way in providing a password-free login approach, a strategy that is strongly endorsed by the FIDO Alliance, supported by the World Wide Web Consortium, aiming to standardize secure internet sign-ins.

The rise of smartphones and advanced technology has already made users comfortable with passwordless logins. Many online services offer options like one-time passwords (OTPs) sent via SMS or email. Google will adopt a similar strategy across all its services in the coming months, encouraging passwordless login methods.

Notably, in a survey conducted by Google in May of the current year, over 64% of its users affirmed that passkeys have simplified their digital lives compared to conventional methods like passwords and two-step verifications.

Additionally, it’s worth mentioning that starting from February 2024, Gmail will enforce stricter rules for bulk mail senders, particularly those using SendGrid. These rules are designed to enhance the user experience on Gmail by reducing spam, a persistent issue that has plagued the digital realm since 2003.

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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