Google Introduces Passkeys to Log in Without Passwords
In the latest update, Google announced the first-ever Passkeys to log in to Gmail and YouTube accounts without entering a password. The incorporation of Passkeys enables you to securely sign in to your Google Account using your fingerprint, face, screen lock, or hardware security key.
Google states Passkeys are a safer and more convenient option to replace passwords and can log in to Google ID-linked accounts, such as Gmail and YouTube, without passwords. They are compatible with major platforms and allow users to sign in to their accounts without a password.
Passkeys are a new method of logging into apps and websites that is easy to use and provides enhanced security compared to traditional passwords. Users need not rely on easily remembered passwords which are prone to attacks.
Passkeys use biometric authentication, such as fingerprint and facial recognition, or screen lock PINs to grant users access to their apps and sites. Unlike passwords, passkeys are more resilient to online attacks such as phishing, making them a more secure option than traditional one-time codes sent via SMS.
Steps to enable Google Passkeys: In case of Gmail usage, please click on the profile photo, then proceed to manage the Google account, select security, and finally, Passkeys. The feature is compatible with both Android and iOS.
It can also be enabled on Windows desktop if a fingerprint scanner is included in the keyboard or external Passkeys are available. After activation of Passkeys, Google will also eliminate 2-Step Verification (2SV) during the sign-in process.
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New LinkedIn AI Feature May Help Get You Hired
According to Linkedin’s most recent release, the company is testing generative AI to generate personalized messages to hiring managers based on the user’s profile.
The post states Linkedin will adopt generative AI technology to generate a customized initial message based on your profile, the hiring manager’s profile, the job description, and the particular organization you are interested in to initiate a productive conversation.
LinkedIn will employ generative AI and user profiles to provide AI-powered customized writing recommendations for premium subscribers to help them build personalized messages for job hunts. The new feature is scheduled to be available in the coming months.
The post also stated that customization is still crucial, so check and revise the draught to make it your own before sending it to the hiring manager.
Microsoft Launches Pegasus Program for Startups, Awarding Up to $350,000 in Credits
Microsoft plans to expand its self-service platform, Startup Founders Hub, by launching the Pegasus Program, a new incubator program.
This program will choose startups with market-fit products and award them up to $350,000 in Azure, GitHub, and LinkedIn credits. Additionally, selected startups will receive advisor support and “access to the best Microsoft tech,” according to the Microsoft blog.
Pegasus is a two-year initiative that welcomes startups operating within Microsoft’s Founders Hub and featuring customer-facing products built on the Microsoft Cloud.
According to the general manager of Microsoft for Startups, achieving early product-market fit, which includes revenue traction, an established sales force, and a proven go-to-market methodology, is a prerequisite.
According to the release, Pegasus organizations will also be assigned a personalized cloud solution architect to help them achieve technical success and gain privileged access to Azure’s AI offerings. Within Pegasus, these architects act as a single point of contact, streamlining startup engagement with Microsoft clients while overseeing compliance and security measures.
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