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Chrome to support fingerprint scanning on Android, Mac | News and opinions



Google's beta release for Chrome 70 adds support for fingerprint sensors on Android devices and Touch ID on macOS, which makes web developers use biometrics for account login.


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Google is starting to push developers to make fingerprint scanning a sign-in option on Chrome.

The New Google Chrome beta adds default support for fingerprint sensors on Android devices and touches ID on macOS so that web developers can use biometrics for login account.

In April, Google demoed how the fingerprint sensor on Android could renew the PayPals login process. You do not have to enter a password to approve that purchase. Just scan fingerprints, and voila: PayPal gives you access to your account.

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Fingerprint support is part of a new technology standard from the FIDO Alliance called Web Authentication. Many major technology companies, including Google and Microsoft, are members of the alliance, which try to push the entire industry away from password-only logging systems to safer alternatives that are harder for hackers to crack.

Chromes fingerprint support works by scanning your biometrics and generating a unique private key from it, which can then be used to unlock your online account. No actual fingerprint images are stored at the website provider. The scanner is limited to the phone or computer hardware.

There is currently no word on when Chrome will provide standard support for fingerprint sensors on Windows laptops or Apple iPhones. Chrome 70 is expected to be stable in October.

Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft's Edge browser have recently added support for the web authentication standard. And Microsoft is working to use its Windows Hello feature to unlock your online accounts by touching the computer's webcam to scan facial features and generate private keys, which can then be linked to website accounts.


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