Chrome included support for biometric auth, which will keep Password Manager safe

Published at : 08 Feb 2023 11:45 AM (IST)

It is essential that each of your online accounts have a password that is unique and difficult to decipher; nevertheless, this implies that you will never be able to remember all of your credentials; hence, you are required to make use of a password manager in the modern day. There are several excellent password tools available, but for millions of people, convenience is the most important factor, and the built-in Password Manager that is included with Google Chrome is superior than other solutions. This tool is now more secure thanks to Google’s addition of support for biometric verification on desktop computers and laptops.

If your mobile device and desktop computer are both connected to the same Gmail account, Google’s Password Manager will automatically synchronise all of your stored passwords on all of your devices so that they are always up to date. The desktop client, on the other hand, has depended on personal identification numbers (PINs) and passwords to identify users before releasing any stored credentials. Although it may be argued that they are more secure than biometrics, the fact that they are inconvenient to use is a barrier to entry that hinders some users from taking benefit of the security features offered by password managers.

Source: Google

You may now access the credentials that you have saved in Chrome’s Password Manager by using a biometric authentication system, such as a fingerprint reader or face scanner, if your computer has a connected or integrated biometric authentication system. When accessing stored passwords on Android phones and tablets through Chrome or under Settings -> Passwords & accounts -> Google, the experience here is virtually comparable to what is offered on those devices.

Once you have shown your identity, you will have the option to either modify the record or copy your previously set password. In addition to the recently added biometric security feature, which should have been implemented a long time ago, Chrome Password Manager also makes suggestions for strong passwords to be used for new accounts and notifies you if a stored credential was compromised as a result of a security breach that went unnoticed by you.

Although the new biometric authentication mechanism has not yet been implemented on any of our devices, we anticipate that it will soon become available via the stable Chrome channel, much as Google’s recently released Credential Manager. It is unknown at this time if it will be compatible with Windows Hello, which makes use of biometrics like as face recognition; however, it should be compatible with more recent Macs and other PCs that include fingerprint readers. You may activate the feature flag for this option by going to chrome:/flags/#biometric-authentication-in-settings. If you just cannot take the thought of waiting, you can do so.

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