In the US, PayPal is making passkey logins available to Android users who visit the website using the Chrome browser.
In October of last year, the payment processor unveiled passkey logins for Apple devices running the macOS Sierra and iPadOS 16 operating systems.
At the time, Google hadn’t yet made solid passkey support available for Android and Chrome. PayPal pledged to eventually make the password substitute accessible to more platforms and nations.
Passkeys rolled out to stable Chrome by December of last year. PayPal is now delivering on its promise with certain restrictions. Users may only activate the login option if they’re using Chrome on an Android 9 smartphone. It isn’t accessible for the payment processor’s Android app.
Users can access websites and services that support the new authentication system without entering their usernames and passwords. It can employ biometric authentication to confirm a user’s identification.
It differs slightly from the existing login technology that automatically fills login boxes with user information based on fingerprint or facial recognition.
A user’s account connects to a cryptographic key pair that the technology generates, consisting of a public and a private key.
Applications and services that support passkeys compare the public key to the user’s device-stored private key in order to verify the user’s identity. Certain password managers may now sync passkeys between devices, The Verge reports.
Eligible users must first log in conventionally on a Chrome browser in order to activate passkeys for PayPal on Android.
The user will get the option to “generate a passkey”. The user will then confirm their identity by entering their biometric data or their phone’s passcode.
After they finish setting everything up, they’ll discover that using PayPal on Chrome will no longer require any typing. Passkeys also offer greater security because they are immune to phishing attacks.
Also, in the event of a service or app data breach, users’ login information is safe because one of the key pairs is on their device as backup.