Chrome's Autofill Feature Is Getting Fingerprint Authentication

An Android phone requesting fingerprint authentication.Google

Google says it’s working to make autofill for Chrome more convenient and secure. Chrome can save both passwords and credit cards for autofill, but that probably seems like a bad idea on your mobile devices. Soon you will be able to add fingerprint protection to prevent unauthorized use of your credit card details on Android. And if you are using Windows or Mac, you can do it now.

Currently, if you auto-fill in credit card numbers, Chrome will ask you for the security code, such as the CVC on the back of most cards. While this adds some security, it is also impractical. You must memorize the numbers or extract your card to confirm the purchase.

An Android phone requesting permission to log into an account.Josh Hendrickson

You can just skip your credit card registration in Chrome altogether because you still need to check out the card. But with the new biometric feature, you get both security and convenience. Once you’ve provided your fingerprint, Chrome will proceed with autofill, no need to provide an CVC.

The new biometric feature also works for saved passwords if you choose to save them in Chrome. However, we recommend using a password manager instead, like 1Password. But if you like everything in one place, the added security is a welcome addition.

Google says the new feature is now available on macOS and Windows (if you have a fingerprint reader) and will be available on Android soon.

Source: Google via The edge

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