Top password manager NordPass adds new upgrades to enable passwordless encryption solutions.
The company claims customers will soon be able to store passkeys – the new technology with improved identity theft protection over passwords – that secure their accounts on other websites.
Additionally, without a Master Password, NordPass users can access their saved passwords and instead use biometrics such as fingerprints or facial recognition data.
Passkeys in, passwords out
Passkeys replace passwords in favor of encrypted keys stored on the device. When creating a master key for an online account, a signature is generated on that device to verify it is genuine. Although they’re stored on the device, you can use other devices to access your Passkey-protected accounts by responding to confirmation prompts between the two devices, similar to multi-factor authentication.
Popular sites like eBay and PayPal have already rolled out Passkey support for their customers’ accounts, and Google supports their use in its popular Chrome browser and on Android devices, although there are a few caveats to set this up. Microsoft also supports it in Windows 11, but not in 10. Apple was one of the first adopters of Passkey technology and it is supported on all current devices.
Other new NordPass features for 2023 include the ability to view an account’s password history, recover older passwords, and attach and save files in Manager.
It has also introduced a time-based One Time Password (TOTP) feature that allows users to add an extra layer of security by generating a passcode that must be entered within 30 seconds of login.
Speaking of security, NordPass also assures that their technology “has been independently audited and we use the XChaCha20 algorithm to encrypt our consumers’ data.”
NordPass also announced that it is continuing to work on more passwordless features designed specifically for businesses this year.
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