Your phone can now verify you in Google Passwords

Chrome for Android will now let you login to some services without password

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But unless you use a password manager (something we'd strongly recommend) or have a superb memory, remembering those passwords can get a tad hard. For example if you want to look at a password stored in your Google Password manager you can open https://passwords.google.com select a password to view and rather than having to type in your Google password you'll be handed off to the lock screen authentication system where you can unlock via Fingerprint or what ever you have set as your other unlock methods.

Google is making logging into its own online services much easier on Android.

Built using the FIDO2 standards, W3C WebAuthn, and FIDO CTAP, this new security feature requests a scan of your fingerprint, then sends cryptographic proof to Google's servers to unlock whatever Google service you are attempting to access on Chrome.

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.

These enhancements are built using the FIDO2 standards, W3C WebAuthn and FIDO CTAP, and are created to provide simpler and more secure authentication experiences. It's the same technology that allows Android devices to be used as physical security keys.

If you aren't familiar with FIDO2, the very short version is that it's a two-factor authentication method that means you won't need to use a password to log into supported services. On that note, you can check out the passwords you're now using for your accounts. Note that if you don't have a fingerprint associated, it still works via screen lock.

At the time of writing, it was unclear which Google services could be used with this new password-less login method, with the only example provided in the blog post now being for the company's online Password Manager.

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.

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