You’ll now be able to log in with whatever option you use to unlock your Android smartphone. The technology uses FIDO 2.0, a new login standard that replaces traditional passwords for more secure and convenient alternatives.
You’ll soon be able to log into certain Google services via the Chrome web browser with whatever option you use to unlock your smartphone, including a fingerprint scan or PIN number.
“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.
The technology works by using FIDO 2.0, a new login standard the tech industry has been starting to adopt. It essentially replaces traditional passwords for more secure and convenient alternatives, including fingerprint scans and facial recognition.
Google has already enabled developers to use FIDO 2.0 in their Android apps. Now, for the first time, the company is bringing the same technology to logins on the web, starting with its password manager at password.google.com. Users will now be able verify their identity through the screen unlock function via their Android devices.
This means you’ll be able to sign in with either fingerprint scan, PIN number, pattern, or even a password — whatever option you use to unlock your phone.
Not everyone may like the idea of Google using biometrics for login purposes. However, no fingerprint information is ever sent to the company’s servers. The sensitive data is stored on board your device in an isolated area of the phone’s processor.
Your fingerprint (PIN number, pattern or password) is really just tied to a unique private key also stored on your device, which performs the account unlocking process. In this case, the key will sign an authentication request to your web account with Google’s password manager.
Google is declining to say whether it plans to bring this new login mode to other services. For now, it’s arriving to Google Pixel products. It’ll then become available to to Android 7.0+ devices over the next few days.