NordPass introduces a solution to store and manage passkeys
March 2023 by Marc Jacob
NordPass, created by NordVPN, announced it has developed a solution to securely store and manage passkeys. With Microsoft, Apple, and Google leading the passkey vision and various websites only starting to use passkeys for online authentication, the new release by NordPass will help internet users easily adapt to this market change without compromising on security and convenience.
Having publicly revealed its strategy on approaching the “‘passwordless future” back in January, NordPass has now introduced its first passwordless solution — as of now, both individual and business users are able to store and manage passkeys from various websites in NordPass, and use them to access apps and websites. With passkeys automatically saved on NordPass instead of a device, they can be accessed on various devices and operating systems, as well as shared with others.
Called the NordPass Passkeys, this release is available on the desktop app, web vault, and on the Firefox and Chrome-based browser extensions. Support for the Safari extension is coming later this year, as well as mobile support whose development relies on platform vendors.
Also this year, the company plans to introduce passwordless sign-in to NordPass, which means there will no longer be a need to repeatedly enter Nord Account and Master password to reach your personal space.
Additionally, NordPass aims to provide a solution to help online businesses and other online service providers to integrate the support of passkey authentication.
Passkeys in a nutshell
While FIDO Alliance, which NordPass is a member of together with other progressive tech companies, is on the constant lookout for the latest tech advances in user authentication, passkey technology is currently considered the most secure and promising alternative to passwords. It has already been adopted by Apple, Microsoft, Google, Paypal, eBay, KAYAK, and various other websites.
When joining one of the websites supporting passkeys, the user’s device generates a pair of related keys — public and private. The private key is saved on the device itself and the public key is stored on the website’s server. Without each other, they are useless.
Poor password habits remain an issue
Because 82%of all data breaches in 2022 involved the "human element," it is no surprise that the way internet users handle their accounts needs to change. Having hundreds of accounts to manage, people tend to reuse passwords, and go for easiest combinations of letters, numbers, and symbols when creating them.
According to the annual research by NordPass, in 2022, the world’s most common password was “password,” followed by “123456,” “123456789,” and “guest.” While these poor password habits do not seem to drastically change throughout the years, cybersecurity experts were for a long time looking for new online authentication solutions that would take password “hygiene” responsibility from the user.
Since passkeys consist of randomly generated, unique, and long combinations of characters, they are not meant to be remembered by heart — the technology works in such a way that it ensures that the private and public keys connect without user intervention.