Online biometric authentication is available starting today on Chrome for Android. Users will now be able verify their identity through the screen unlock function via their Android devices.
If you want to try this out for yourself, the feature is rolling out to Pixel devices right now and will be made available to all Android phones running 7.0 Nougat or later "over the next few days". It's still secure, there's an implied lineage of authentication history (associated devices are "Bootstrapped" as Google calls it), it's just a whole lot more convenient than typing your password. At the moment, you can use the functionality to view and edit the passwords that Google has saved for you at passwords.google.com, but Google says it plans to add the functionality to more Google and Google Cloud services in the future. However, with this method, credentials are stored locally on your device so they can't be intercepted or hacked off a company's servers, and they're also impossible to "phish" by tricking you into visiting a fake website.More news: US recession concerns rising with trade war, Goldman says
The feature will continue to work for those who have two-factor authentication enabled on their account, by the way.
In an effort to keep your account secure, Google will regularly ask you to confirm your password when trying to access your account on a device you've been logged into for a while.More news: Tesla Model 3 Explodes After Moscow Motorway Crash
The new security and authentication method is based upon FIDO2 (Fast Identity Online 2) and WebAuthn protocol open standard. Google's servers do receive proof that you correctly scanned your fingerprint via a message that is disguised using cryptography. That means that the part of your brain that stored these passwords can be freed up for more important things like pop culture trivia.
Testing the feature on a Pixel 3a running Android Q DP6.More news: Series The Morning Show