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SEP 22, 2023

Say gm to Passkeys: Add This Industry-Leading Security Feature to Your Gemini Account

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  • Gemini continues to be at the forefront of crypto innovation by allowing users to add passkeys for two-factor authentication to their accounts
  • Passkeys provide two major advantages over other account authentication methods: increased security and ease of use
  • Passkeys have been adopted by industry leaders like Microsoft, Apple, and Google

At Gemini, we are committed to implementing the highest security standards to ensure our users remain safe on our platform. Today, we are pleased to announce that Gemini has released support for passkeys, offering industry-leading account security.

Passkeys provide users with the highest security standards available, and reduce the effort to ensure your account remains secure. Developed by the Fast Identity Online (FIDO) alliance, passkeys have been adopted by industry leaders like Microsoft, Apple, and Google.

Gemini now supports passkeys on web, iOS, and Android mobile devices for two-factor authentication (2FA).

Why Use Passkeys?

Passkeys offer two major advantages over other account authentication methods like traditional 2FA: added security and ease of use.

Added Security: Passkeys provide an extra layer of protection for your account, making it even more difficult for unauthorized users to gain access.

Ease of Use: Once set up, passkeys offer a seamless authentication experience, with no need to enter a code received via SMS or through an authenticator app.

What are Passkeys?

Passkeys are a new form of 2FA developed by FIDO, and embraced by technology industry leaders, that add a higher level of security to your account. Unlike other 2FA methods, like receiving one-time codes via an authenticator app or SMS, accounts registered with passkeys are resistant to phishing, significantly increasing account security.

On a technical level, a passkey is an asymmetric key pair (similar to a public and private key used to secure a crypto wallet), stored securely on a device's Secure Enclave.

Visit our Help Center for more information on passkeys.

How to Enable Passkeys on Your Gemini Account

Enabling passkeys on Gemini is seamless and can be accomplished in a few quick steps:

  1. Navigate to your account settings tab on the Gemini Mobile App or web interface (note that Gemini currently only supports passkeys for Apple devices, with Android support coming soon).
  2. Click or tap on the "Security" tab.
  3. Find the "Two-Factor Authentication" section and select "Add a Passkey."

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Once you’ve created a passkey, it will be securely stored on your device and in your iCloud Keychain.

When using a passkey to sign in to your Gemini account, instead of receiving a 2FA code or tapping a hardware security key, you’ll be prompted to verify your identity through biometric authentication, usually via a fingerprint or face ID scan.

Please note that biometric data used in the authentication process is never shared with Gemini nor with any third party acting on Gemini’s behalf. All biometric data is stored locally on your device.

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Additional Security Features Are Coming to Gemini

In the coming months, we plan to expand passkey support beyond 2FA to support passwordless login. Once passkeys are supported for login, you won't need to use your username and password to sign in to your account. Instead, you will be able to rely on passkeys for an even more seamless login experience.

Stay tuned on the Gemini Blog and our social channels for more updates as we continue on our mission to unlock the next era of financial, creative, and personal freedom.

Onward and Upward!

Team Gemini

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