If you use Google services through your Android and are tired of entering, losing and resetting passwords, we have good news: Google will now allow users of version 7 and later of their operating system to use their fingerprint or their screen unlock pattern to get access to some of its services.
As of today you can access this way through the company's password manager. There Google will ask you to confirm your identity through your phone's fingerprint sensor. It is possible to choose the method you prefer: your fingerprint, your unlock pattern or a password.
Initially this mode will only be available for certain select devices, but within a few days anyone who has an Android 7.0 or later phone will have access.
Google emphasizes that fingerprints are in no case sent to their servers; The fingerprint is stored on your phone, and only a cryptographic proof is sent to Google's servers.
If your phone has Android 7.0 (Nougat) or a later version, you use your Google account on it and you have a valid screen lock method, you can try the new system like this:
- Open the Chrome app on your Android device
- Go to https://passwords.google.com
- Choose a service or manage a password
- Follow the instructions to confirm that it is you
These improvements are possible thanks to the use of the FIDO2 authentication standard, and one of the reasons it is safer is that now your access credentials will be stored on your device and will not leave there. Much has been said in recent times about the future free of passwords, and this measure announced today by Google in a blog post would seem to indicate that we are closer than ever.