Sunday, 25 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
Sandy Mccarthy | 13 August, 2019, 18:10

As mentioned earlier, Google is looking to extending that same functionality towards some of its web services on Chrome.

This means that to access a specific site, the user will no longer need to enter the classic password.

For those of you eager to try this out right now, it's first available on the Google Passwords website and should be expanding to other Google websites soon.

Passwords can't go away fast enough, and if you're the family tech support guy or gal I'm sure you'd agree. Passwords have all kinds of vulnerabilities, even before you consider the fact that a lot of people reuse them across multiple sites.

The company has announced a key step in that direction by enabling fingerprint-based verification when visiting some Google services on one of its Pixel phones.

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Starting today, you'll be able to log into some Google services from your phone with nothing more than your fingerprint (or another screen unlock method).

Follow the instructions to verify that it is you signing in. The servers will only receive proof of the fingerprint scanned and it is sent to the server via a message disguised through cryptography. Note that if you don't have a fingerprint associated, it still works via screen lock. This is a fundamental part of the FIDO2 design.

What Google did say in its blog posts was "you will start seeing more places where local alternatives to passwords are accepted as an authentication mechanism for Google and Google Cloud services", so that gives us some hope for a password less future. That works as a FIDO2 signature to verify your identity. You'll also need a Pixel phone.

At launch, the feature is available only on select Android smartphones. Using the FIDO2 standard, created to improve authentication on the web (as opposed to on an Android app) users will only have to register their fingerprint or screen lock on their phone once to use it for a native app or the compatible Google services sites on the internet.

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