Your phone can now verify you in Google Passwords

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You'll soon be able to log into certain Google services via the Chrome web browser with whatever option you use to unlock your smartphone, including a fingerprint scan or PIN number.

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. Last year Chrome for Android picked up the Web Authentication API and CTAP support, and later snagged fingerprint-based authentication.

To use this feature, Android smartphone users will need to update their Google Play Services application and enable the functionality in their Android smartphone settings. 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. The method of authentication has been proven to be far more secure than having to regularly key in a password, can even be used in tandem with two-factor authentication (2FA) key if needed. If you're interested in giving this a try, head on over to https://passwords.google.com, pick a site to add a password on and follow the instructions to verify yourself signing on.

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There is nothing you need to do to set this up on your Android phone. If you tap on any one of these saved passwords, then Google will prompt you to "Verify that it's you", at which point, you can authenticate using your fingerprint or any other method you'd usually use to unlock your phone.

These enhancements are built using the FIDO2 standards, W3C WebAuthn and FIDO CTAP, and are created to provide simpler and more secure authentication experiences. And you can test out how well this new system works by running a little test on your Android device.

To be both fair and clear, Android smartphones already have the ability to allow the user to use their fingerprint to authenticate Google Pay purchase, as well as to log in to apps.

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