Google Adds Biometric Security Checks and Touch-to-Fill to Chrome

Joanna Estrada
August 1, 2020

This new feature is coming to Chrome on Android in the next few weeks, but Google says that "is only the start". This biometric feature will be in addition to that layer of security for only the first time, but in subsequent uses, you'll only need a fingerprint. Basically, you will be able to set up biometric authentication to work with payment information on Chrome and use it seamlessly. In a blog post announcing this feature, the company said that it will be completely optional as users will get a choice to turn it on or off at any time in their Chrome settings.

The tech giant has also updated Chrome's touch-to-fill dialog box, so that you're presented with both your username and password when you need to log in. That's something you're probably used to from your desktop-based password manager already, but it's definitely a major new built-in convenience feature for Chrome - and the more people opt to use password managers, the safer the web will be.

Google saves payment card details to your Google account and then only transfers the payment information to Chrome when required to complete a transaction. As per Google, having a password manager pop out on a page are about to login to also reduces the risk of a phishing attack as "It can not be tricked into filling your password into look-alike websites".

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