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Your phone can now verify you in Google Passwords

Your phone can now verify you in Google Passwords”

Available today for Pixel devices and coming to all Android devices with a fingerprint reader and running Nougat+ in the next couple of days, you can now use your fingerprint to log into certain services when using Chrome for Android. Entering your password takes just a few seconds, but Google's now aiming to speed up the process by allowing you to authenticate your account using your phone's fingerprint sensor. However, the tech giant is keen on simplifying online logins by making it easier, and quicker, to securely access some of its own web services on Android devices without the need for a password.

While individual apps have always been able to access and use Android's fingerprint authentication technology, this is the first time the company has allowed biometrics to be used to verify user identities on the web.

At the moment, you can go to passwords.google.com and test out this feature to view and edit your passwords.

This change is part of Google's strategy to reduce reliance on passwords and shift to more secure two-factor authentication methods.

Not having to remember a password means this is a much more convenient way to log in, and it's also much more secure. Technically, the functionality can only be used to access one Google service for now: Chrome's built-in list of your saved passwords.

The new security and authentication method is based upon FIDO2 (Fast Identity Online 2) and WebAuthn protocol open standard.

The authentication methods now available will largely mirror the options you have when unlocking your phone. All Android devices running version 7.0 or later are FIDO2-certified, and Google lets you use an Android phone as a 2FA security key to log in to your account using the same technology.



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