Passkeys vs Passwords: The Future of Online Security for SMEs

What are Passkeys and How do They Work?

How Passkeys Improve Online Security

As the owner of Clearsky IT, I want to share with SME owners the future of online security – passkeys. With Apple, Google, and Microsoft all moving towards the use of passkeys to boost security, it’s important for small and medium-sized businesses to understand how they work and how they can benefit.

Passkeys are a new form of authentication that uses biometrics, such as fingerprints or facial recognition, or other personal information, such as a device, to access accounts and services. This is a major departure from the traditional password system, which is vulnerable to hacking and fraud.

Passkeys work by removing the need for a user to remember multiple passwords, or to use the same password for multiple accounts. Instead, passkeys allow you to use your device or personal information to sign in to your accounts and services securely.

How Passkeys Can Benefit SMEs

Higher Security, Increased Productivity and Cost Savings

As a business owner or manager, you can benefit from the improved security of passkeys in several ways. Firstly, by reducing the risk of fraud and hacking, passkeys protect your sensitive data and prevent identity theft. Secondly, they increase productivity by making the sign-in process quick and easy. Thirdly, they can help you save costs by reducing the need for password reset and management.

How to Prepare for Passkey Implementation

Training Your Team and Updating Your Security Measures

To prepare for the implementation of passkeys, it’s important to educate your team and update your security measures. Start by providing cyber security awareness training to everyone in your team to make them aware of the risks to your business data and how passkeys can help mitigate those risks. Next, review and update your security policies, including those for device management, to ensure they are in line with the latest best practices.

If Clearsky or Lee can help advise you on passkeys or anything related to cyber security for your business, book a call at a time that suits you.

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