X (Twitter) Expands Passkey Login for Enhanced Security

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Social media giant X (formerly Twitter) has expanded its security features with the global rollout of Passkey login for its iOS app. Previously available only in the United States and as a beta feature, Passkey offers a more secure and convenient way to log in to X accounts.

X (Formerly Twitter) Rolls Out Passkey Login Globally for Enhanced Security

What is Passkey?

Passkey is a new, standardized approach to login credentials that eliminates the need for traditional passwords. It utilizes public-key cryptography to create a secure key pair stored on the user’s device. When logging in, the device (iPhone or iPad) verifies the user’s identity through biometric authentication (Face ID or Touch ID) and transmits a public key to X’s servers. This public key, along with additional security measures, allows secure login without ever exposing the user’s password.

Benefits of Passkey Login

Passkey offers several advantages over traditional password-based logins:

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  • Enhanced Security: Passkey eliminates the vulnerabilities associated with passwords, such as phishing attacks and password breaches.
  • Convenience: Users can log in with a simple tap using their device’s biometric authentication, eliminating the need to remember complex passwords.
  • Improved Phishing Resistance: Since Passkeys are not transmitted or stored on X’s servers, they are not susceptible to phishing attempts that try to steal user credentials.

Activating Passkey on X

X users on iOS devices with the latest update can activate Passkey by following these steps:

  1. Open the X app.
  2. Tap on your profile picture in the top left corner.
  3. Navigate to “Settings and privacy” > “Security and account access” > “Security.”
  4. Under “Additional password protection,” locate and activate “Passkey.”
  5. Verify your identity by entering your current X password.
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the Passkey setup.

Availability for Android Users

While Passkey is now available globally for X on iOS, the timeline for its introduction to the Android platform remains unclear. X is likely working on integrating Passkey functionality with the Android ecosystem and will hopefully announce its availability for Android users soon.

By offering Passkey login, X demonstrates its commitment to providing a secure and user-friendly experience for its global audience. This innovative approach to authentication empowers users to protect their accounts and streamline their login process.

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