1Password has become the latest password manager to allow new users to log into their vault without a master password.
Instead, users can create a passkey to access their vaults. To use it, they only need whatever method they have in place to lock their device, such as their fingerprint, face scan, or a PIN.
Having launched the feature in private beta earlier this summer, it is now available in public beta for anyone to try - but is currently only open to new users, with existing 1Password customers set to get access sometime next year.
Going passwordless for multiple devices
The news follows hot on the heels of Dashlane's recent announcement to also offer passwordless login for its users.
Since passkeys are stored on-device, losing a device can mean losing access to your account. However, 1Password lets users create recovery codes, allowing them to get back into their vault if they lose their device.
Passkeys are believed to be not only more convenient but also safer, as they are phishing-resistant, since the underlying cryptographic key isn't known to anyone - not even the user. 1Password claims that passkeys are just as secure as the master password and secret key combination it has traditionally employed.
Most of big tech has adopted them too, with many being board-level members of the FIDO Alliance, the cross-industry association that sets the standards for passkeys. 1Password is also a board-level member.
Once new users have downloaded the 1Password mobile app, they'll be prompted to create a passkey when they set up their account. Once this has been done on mobile, users can add more trusted devices, so they can log into their account on those without a password too. 1Password works across multiple platforms and browsers.
Having more trusted devices also decreases the chances you'll be locked out of your account, as losing one device will still mean you can access your vault on others you are logged in with.
Recovery codes are optional, and can be set up by accessing your account from 1Password.com, clicking your name in the top right corner, and choosing the "Authentication" option from the menu.
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Lewis Maddison is a Staff Writer at TechRadar Pro. His area of expertise is online security and protection, which includes tools and software such as password managers.
His coverage also focuses on the usage habits of technology in both personal and professional settings - particularly its relation to social and cultural issues - and revels in uncovering stories that might not otherwise see the light of day.
He has a BA in Philosophy from the University of London, with a year spent studying abroad in the sunny climes of Malta.