Amazon is joining the list of services offering the ability to throw out passwords, replacing them with a passkey solution for an added layer of protection. At first, this is meant to strengthen the password while most companies plan to eventually get rid of passwords completely in favor of these alternative options.
This change allows users to make use of the passkey support within their browsers as well as within the Amazon Shopping app on iOS devices (soon to support Android devices as well). Creating the ability to log into Amazon using facial recognition, fingerprint, or a lock screen pin. Maybe eventually physical encrypted keys like YubiKey products if the company continues to push the use of passkeys.
There is a growing list of companies looking to support passkey as an alternative for passwords as threats continue to become too smart for simple password defenses. Google added support for passkeys as well back in May.
Amazon says that passwords will continue to be available for the foreseeable future as the world won’t be able to move away from them so quickly. It will take a lot of adjustment for users to move on to alternatives since we have all been using passwords for so long.
In order to set up passkey support on your Amazon account, the company says to log into Amazon and select “Your Account”, choose “Login & Security”, and select “Set up” next to Passkeys. It will offer you the instructions on how to continue from there.