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Chrome brings in web fingerprints on MacBook Pros and Android phones



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Fingerprint detection on Google Pixel phone.


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Another use of the fingerprint sensor on your MacBook Pro or Android phone: A password-free way to sign in to websites and web apps with the Chrome browser. In Chrome 70 beta, fingerprint web authentication is now enabled by default for Android and MacOS, according to an official Google blog post. (No words on Windows laptops or iOS devices yet.)

Fingerprint scanning can be used as a simpler option than entering your password, or acting as an additional layer with two-factor authentication security.

  Chrome Fingerprint Webauth

Google shared this image in the Chrome 70 beta blog.


Google

It seems that Google has placed more emphasis on online fingerprint scanning recently. Last year, it made fingerprints scanning for Chrome OS – Note that Chrome OS is different from the Google Chrome browser, but both are browsers, despite the fact that no current Chromebook has a fingerprint sensor. This month, Chrome OS Code was detected that refers to fingerprint detection as an out-of-box experience.

This may mean that any future Chromebook will have a fingerprint scanner. Interestingly, this comes around while we have heard rumors about an upcoming Pixelbook 2 and new Chrome OS tablets .

And it only happens that Google has invited us to a hardware event on October 9th . We primarily expect new Pixel phones but last year, Google Hardware has introduced Google Pixelbook Convertible Notebook PC.

Chrome 70 should be out of beta in mid-October, according to Google's calendar, so timing can be sensible.


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