PayPal selected account holders can now use Apple Passkeys
Users with Apple devices may now log in to PayPal without entering a password thanks to the addition of support for the FIDO Alliance’s passkey authentication. The company made the announcement that it will start providing support for passkeys on Apple devices, such as iPhones, iPads, and Macs, on its website. This would provide users with an easy and secure method of logging in without the need to memorize complicated passwords. The payment industry major has stated that they will incorporate additional platforms as they become available. However, the rollout does not appear to have picked up any momentum as of yet.
Apple Passkey support was introduced with iOS 16 and macOS Ventura after being announced at WWDC 2022. However, the number of companies that have adopted this feature has been restricted up until this point. At the beginning of this month, Google made an announcement that it would deliver its version (based on the same industry standard) to the market for users of Chrome and Android. However, it does not support PayPal, at least not for the time being.
There is no longer any need for a user to enter a password when using passkeys because they function by transmitting cryptographic keys to authenticate the login. Because of this, it is believed that by utilizing the most recent technology, phishing and other forms of hacking will be rendered impossible. Users are required to initially log into their accounts in a conventional manner before selecting the option to “Create a passkey.” Account holders in the United States are the only ones who can access this function at this time. However, there are plans to expand availability to additional nations in the early part of 2023.
The passkeys are synchronized with Apple’s iCloud Keychain, which is a password manager that is available for free. Users who have more than one device and need to confirm their login from a device that isn’t made by Apple can use their iOS smartphone to scan a QR code and confirm their login from a different device.