Passwords are dying, long live passwords. Virtually the entire tech industry seems to agree that hexadecimal passwords need to go and that the best way to replace them is with cryptographic keys known as passkeys. Basically, instead of having to type a phrase to prove it’s you, websites and apps use a standard called WebAuthn to connect directly to a token you’ve saved (on your device, in your password manager, and ultimately instance, almost anywhere) and authenticate yourself. you automatically. It’s safer, easier to use and simply better.
However, the transition will take a while and even when you can use passcodes, it will take a while before all your apps and websites allow you to do so. But Dashlane is trying to help things move forward and announced today that it is integrating passcodes into its cross-platform password manager. “We said, you know what? Our job is to simplify security for users,” says JD Sherman, CEO of Dashlane, “and this is a great tool to do that. So we should think about starting this era without passwords.”