1Password, a password manager solution has acquired Passage, a company that focused on wiping out passwords as a form of authentication.
Passkeys are a more secure alternative to relying on passwords, and there’s a good chance you’re already using them on your devices. FaceID, TouchID, Windows Hello, and the Android fingerprint reader all produce passkeys for authentication.
Whenever you provide your face or fingerprint for a security challenge, your biometric data generates a cryptographic signature which is then used for authentication without your biometric data ever leaving your device. This is essentially how a passkey is formed.
By this acquisition, 1Password aims to replace the need for companies to build their own passkey implementation and instead rely on 1Password. End-to-end solution for passwordless authentication, with full support for creating, saving, and using device-agnostic passkeys in 1Password during the first half of 2023.