Tuesday, 20 August, 2019


Google brings fingerprint authentication to Google websites on Android

Logging into some Google services on Android is now as easy as unlocking your phone You can now log into a Google account with your phone's fingerprint sensor
Melba Vasquez | 13 August, 2019, 18:11

Google points out to those anxious about privacy, that fingerprints are never sent to Google's servers and are stored securely on the user's phone. In its place, users will only need to use their fingerprint to validate access to said services. That means that the part of your brain that stored these passwords can be freed up for more important things like pop culture trivia. Users will now be able verify their identity through the screen unlock function via their Android devices.

The new capability follows Google's announcement in February that Android 7 and above were now certified under the FIDO2 standard which, along with companion standard WebAuthn, should reduce users' reliance on passwords. Like the fingerprint recognition or the PIN and the sequence. Google has just announced another milestone in the eventual reduction if not replacement of passwords, on device FIDO2 authentication of Google websites via Android screen unlock secure keys.

The feature will continue to work for those who have two-factor authentication enabled on their account, by the way.

However, local user verification is used for "reauthentication during step-up flows to verify the identity of the already signed-in user". In this way, moreover, Google's servers will not get this data.

If you're looking to replace a password saved in Chrome with a fingerprint, here is how to do it.

The new feature is arriving on Google Pixel devices today and access will arrive on all Android phones running Nougat or later over the next few days. First, your device must be running Android Nougat or higher and contain your Google Account.

Open the Chrome browser on your device and go to https://passwords.google.com.

Not everyone may like the idea of Google using biometrics for login purposes.

Goodbye passwords: Android is now FIDO2 certified FIDO2 certification is paving the way for passwordless mobile security.

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