In a bid to step up password protection, biometric authentication for Google Chrome is rolling out. This password protection feature is already available for certain applications on Android, helping to keep users’ data safe. Its implementation on Google Chrome will help protect user passwords present on the platform.
According to the available information, this authentication process is becoming available to laptops and desktops. Previously, only mobile devices synced with the user’s Gmail account required biometric authentication. Google is now extending this authentication method to users accessing their various accounts via a laptop or desktop.
Although this feature is rolling out to Chrome desktop users, only a select number will have access to this feature. This article will focus on the details of this new password protection feature. If you are a Chrome or laptop user, here is all you need to know about the new biometric authentication for Google Chrome.
Here is what desktop users need to know about biometric authentication for Google Chrome
It is not news that Google helps users save their passwords for easy access while logging into their various accounts. All saved passwords are then synced across all devices running on the user’s Gmail account. Users can as well access their saved passwords whenever they need to via the Chrome password manager.
Since the Chrome password manager holds a long list of passwords, it needs strong protection. For this, the password manager relies on a biometric authentication process on mobile devices. To access the password manager on a desktop or a laptop, users had to rely on typing in their PIN or password.
This authentication method is quite stressful, so things need to change for desktop and laptop users. Google is now putting to good use the biometric sensors on laptops and desktops for the password manager authentication process. With this users can simply use their fingerprint to access their saved passwords.
To benefit from the biometric authentication for Google Chrome, users need to have a laptop or desktop with a fingerprint sensor. They can then access their saved passwords by simply using their fingerprints, which is easier than typing in a PIN or password. This is a welcomed improvement to the password manager on Chrome for desktops and laptops.