Google's latest move allows Android users to forget some passwords forever

Joanna Estrada
August 13, 2019

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. 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.

As demonstrated in the GIF, using your fingerprint to access your account information is as easy as selecting the "use your lock screen" option and then scanning your fingerprint when the prompt appears on your screen.

Google now allows you to log into your account using your phone's fingerprint sensor.

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. It's actually very secure as it's based on the FIDO2 standards, W3C WebAuthn, and FIDO CTAP. 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. On that note, you can check out the passwords you're now using for your accounts.

For this type of login method to work, though, it's essential that the handset has lock screen security enabled.

"This new capability marks another step on our journey to making authentication safer and easier for everyone to use", Google said in a Monday blog post. Although Android got support for FIDO2 earlier this year, Google is now allowing some of its services to take advantage of the protocol's password-less authentication, starting today with Pixel devices, and rolling out over the next few days more widely to other devices running Android 7 Nougat and later.

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