Password less future is not that far. Having the convenient to able to log into various services using your fingerprint is now becoming a reality. On 12th August, Google announced that Android users can now use their fingerprint, which is stored on their Android phone can log in to many Google services. Previously this feature was only available for native apps, but now Google is planning to make this available for few Google services on its Chrome browser for Android. This is a giant leap in passwordless future. Soon after Google, it is expected that many other service providers across the spectrum will follow suit. This is great news because not only you have not to enter passwords every time you are logging in to a service, many people also use the same password again and again. That means you can now use a strong password because you won’t have to enter a password again and again.
The service is currently limited to Google Pixel users for most services and other Android phone users for Google Password service. Google promises that the feature will be available to other Android phone users soon. The condition here is that the phone must be running Android 7 or later. Google Password is currently the only service which supports this feature on most Android running Android 7.0. If you are a Pixel user, you might be able to see this feature being in operation for other Google services as well.
How to See This feature is Work?
Want to see this feature in action? Luckily you can do that easily. Just make sure your phone meets the below conditions:
- Your Android phone is running Android 7.0 Nougat or later.
- Make sure you have Google Chrome browser with your personal Google Account logged in.
- You have your fingerprint, or other security options are enabled under screen lock security on your Android phone.
If your phone meets all these conditions, you can see this feature in work.
- Open the Google Chrome browser and navigate to passwords.google.com.
- Choose a site and tap on the small eye icon to reveal the password.
- Here you can see, Google will ask you to verify that it is you by asking for your fingerprint.
Please remember that Google is slowly rolling this feature via the Play Service update. So you might have to wait a few days before being able to see this feature is action.
How This Feature Work
This feature is based on FIDO2 standard. This is a security standard which has been developed a body of many companies. The main aim of this technology is to enable people to access online/offline services without relying on a password. It rather users on-device security features like fingerprints saved on your device, security key and more. This is more secure and enables everyone to construct a strong password without having to remember. This makes account secure and gives the extra layer which was missing earlier. Google is not the first company to implement this feature, though. Earlier this year, Microsoft used the very technology to enable users to use Hello biometric rather than a password on Windows 10. Many estimates that about 800 million Windows 10 users can take advantages of this feature now to say goodbye to Windows 10 login password.
You can read more about this Google security update from Google security blog here.
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