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Android Users now log-in to some Google services without passwords

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Soon Android Users will be able to log-in into some Google applications without passwords. Users will be able to use Android’s fingerprint sensor or PIN lock code or pattern to log-in into the app. The feature is selected to a few Android smartphones but later it will expand to all smartphones running over Android 7.0.

How to use the feature

Head to the passwords.google.com.
Chrome will prompt you to authenticate your identity
You can use any of the methods including the phone’s fingerprint sensor/PIN/Pattern.

“This new capability marks another step on our journey to making authentication safer and easier for everyone to use,” said two Google team members, Dongjing He, and Christiaan Brand, in a blog post-Monday. As of now, the feature will work only on mobile apps, if you try to authenticate on desktop using a mobile phone then it won’t work.

Google’s new feature is based on FIDO2 standards, W3C WebAuthn, and FIDO CTAP, and are designed to provide simpler and more secure authentication experiences. Another important thing is that fingerprint is stored on your device never sent to Google’s servers, only a cryptographic proof that you’ve correctly scanned it is sent to Google’s servers.

 

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