In a notable move towards enhancing digital security, X (formerly Twitter) has introduced Passkeys as a login option for its iOS users in the United States. This groundbreaking feature replaces traditional passwords with a more secure and user-friendly alternative, utilizing Face ID, Touch ID, or a passcode for authentication.
X’s adoption of this standard aligns with the global shift towards passwordless authentication systems. Passkeys, based on public key cryptography, involve the generation of a unique key pair for each account. The platform securely stores the public key, while the private key remains exclusively on the user’s device. This method significantly reduces the risk of password theft and unauthorized access, offering a more robust security layer.
X’s Passkeys offer convenience and security with one-tap logins
Benefits of Passkeys
Passkeys offer enhanced security by making phishing attacks more difficult to execute. The unique key pair generated for each account ensures that even if one account is compromised, others remain secure. X emphasizes that while the functionality is highly encouraged for users, it is not mandatory, providing flexibility in choosing authentication methods.
In collaboration with tech giants like Apple, Google, and Microsoft, the FIDO Alliance developed this innovative approach. Passkeys not only enhance security but also improve the overall user experience by simplifying the login process.
How to enable Passkeys on X
To enable Passkey login on X, users need to follow these simple steps:
- Open the X app on your iOS device and log in to your account.
- Navigate to Your account in the sidebar menu.
- Tap on Settings and privacy and then select Security and account access.
- Choose Security and under Additional password protection, turn on the Passkey slider.
- Enter your X account password and tap Confirm.
- Select Add a passkey and follow the on-screen prompts.
X’s introduction of the new login standard for iOS users sets a precedent for other platforms to follow suit in the quest for a more secure digital world. As part of a larger movement towards passwordless authentication, Passkeys mark a new era in protecting online identities and data.