The giant online retailer Amazon.com introduces passkey login into its shopping website and in the iOS shopping app, and the same is to be available in its Android apps. This makes Amazon the latest in the list of companies that have enabled passkey protection for their users.
You can log into Amazon just by using the biometric authentication or the device PIN of the device that you are using. This means you will not have to type in the password and the two-factor authentication (2FA) to start shopping.
Earlier, Amazon included a passkey for its web experience. However, the passkeys were not enabled for the primetime at that time as it still needed a 2FA. Also, the passkeys were not enabled for mobile apps, as well.
The introduction of the passwordless passkeys by Amazon on iOS and its websites comes short after WhatsApp introduced passkeys in its Android devices.
The Senior Vice President of E-commerce at Amazon, Dave Treadwell, said that the introduction of the passkeys was about providing customers with ease of use along with security in their Amazon experience. He added that passwords would still be around in the foreseeable future and the passkeys were to be considered an exciting step in the right direction. The introduction of a passkey can make shopping easier for you even if you accidentally forget your password and you will not have to spend a while to set up the password and login, back.
How Can You Enable Passkeys In Amazon?
- Visit Amazon.com
- Go to your account settings
- Select Login & Security
- There will be a Set Up button near the passkey
Amazon enabling a passkey for signing in simply means that you can sign in to Amazon just like you unlock your mobile phone using a fingerprint, face recognition, or PIN.
If you are using the Amazon iOS app, it has introduced a new section itself namely “passkey” in your account settings in the Login and Security settings.
For those who use the Amazon Android app, it is said that the passkey feature will be soon enough, although an expected date is not out yet.
What Is A Passkey And What Does It Do?
- A passkey is a modern authentication method that is capable of replacing the entire password typing-in method. In the password method to authenticate, you will have to enter the password, and then wait for the 2FA by typing in the OTP that you receive either via text or email.
- A passkey can be used to sign in to any one service or platform that has enabled the passkey method and it will only take a few seconds.
- The passkey is stored in your device just like the device unlocking pin, face, or fingerprint.
- The passkey will not be lost even if you lose the device, as there will be a backup.
- The passkey can also be stored in password managers or password vaults.
- When you are signing in to a service, you will just need to verify that it’s you trying to get access.