iOS 15, iPadOS 15 And macOS Monterey Feature A Built-In Password Authenticator
Apple announced iOS 15 yesterday and we’re still learning all of the features that it will offer when it arrives later this year.
One of the features that Apple didn’t announce is an important one – the ability to create password authentication codes without a third-party app.
Normally, a two-factor authentication system might require an app like 1Password or Authy. Now, users will be able to use iOS instead.
Generate verification codes needed for additional sign-in security. If a site offers two-factor authentication, you can set up verification codes under Passwords in Settings — no need to download an additional app. Once set up, verification codes autofill when you sign in to the site.
Having the codes auto-fill is another big deal because it removes one of the pain points normally associated with using two-factor authentication. We haven’t seen exactly how well this will all work just yet but Apple says that everything will be handled by the Passwords area of the Settings app on iPhone and iPad.
Hopefully this will cause more people to use two-factor authentication codes because it’s a huge way of ensuring accounts aren’t compromised when a password is either guessed or stolen.