GitHub Makes Passkeys Security Feature Available to All
GitHub has officially rolled out its passkeys security feature for general availability, following a two-month beta testing phase. Passkeys introduce a cloud-synced authentication system using cryptographic key pairs, allowing users to access websites and applications using their screen-lock PIN, biometrics, or physical security key.
This combines the security aspects of passwords and two-factor authentication (2FA) into a single step, streamlining secure access to online services.
"We found that Linux and Firefox users struggled to use passkeys, as those platforms don't yet have strong support for passkeys," GitHub said.
"As a result, we decided to enable cross-device registration of passkeys. That means you can register a passkey on your phone while you're using your desktop. The passkey lives in the phone, but users can connect it to their desktop and set up and authenticate through the desktop's browser. This enables Linux and Firefox users to set up passkeys."