Google will finally allow us to use our fingerprint to log into web pages, by finally getting support for the FIDO2 authentication standard. We explain what it is and what it can do for you.
The danger of knowing our own passwords
Passwords are the most widespread method to verify that we are the user who is logging in, the key that allows us to access the accounts of our favorite services. However, Passwords involve great security risks.
We have too many passwords and our memory is not good enough to remember a large volume of highly complex passwords. Because of this, our passwords tend to be simpler, or even repeated. The latter is even worse, because if they steal our account on a website, they steal it from us all.
There are multiple ways to strengthen security, such as password managers or two-step authentication. One of the most popular in recent times is the standard FIDO2 (Fast Identity ORnline), which is supported by great technology and allows us to log in to websites without a password.
Improving security with biometrics
This standard is now available for mobile phones that have Android 7.0 or higher, and will allow us to log in without using a password on websites that are prepared for this technology. And how it works? Well, we can try it.
Google has already implemented this technology in Chrome for Android, and if from our mobile we go to any Google website that requires authentication. A very clear example is Google's own password website, a website that for logical reasons should not remain in view of any user to whom we lend the mobile.
From now on, when you want to login you can use the fingerprint to verify that it is you. This standard does not only adhere to the fingerprint, so it is possible that we can also use the safest facial unlocking methods.