Saturday, 24 August, 2019

Android users can log into some Google services using their fingerprint

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
Emmett Howard | 13 August, 2019, 10:42

Android users (starting from the Google Pixel phones) can now verify their identities for Google services by using their fingerprints or screen lock instead of a password (hurray!). Last year Chrome for Android picked up the Web Authentication API and CTAP support, and later snagged fingerprint-based authentication.

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 essentially replaces traditional passwords for more secure and convenient alternatives, including fingerprint scans and facial recognition. In its place, users will only need to use their fingerprint to validate access to said services. 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.

Google has already enabled developers to use FIDO 2.0 in their Android apps. The company is finally making it so users will be able to use their device's hardware features to login onto their personal accounts on Google services.

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

There's nothing extra for you to set up: if you have a Google account attached to your Android phone this will work for you. Once there, Chrome will prompt you to authenticate your identity using your phone's fingerprint sensor.

These enhancements are built using the FIDO2 standards, W3C WebAuthn and FIDO CTAP, and are created to provide simpler and more secure authentication experiences. That means that the part of your brain that stored these passwords can be freed up for more important things like pop culture trivia.

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