As demonstrated in the GIF, using your fingerprint to access your account information is as easy as selecting the "use your lock screen" option and then scanning your fingerprint when the prompt appears on your screen.
It can be hard to remember every single password for every single account you've created online. As reported by The Verge, the search giant has begun to let Android version 7 (and up) users verify their identity on some Google services (via Chrome) using non-password authentication methods. And you can test out how well this new system works by running a little test on your Android device. This week, though, all phones with Android Nougat+ (and a fingerprint reader) will have access. The authentication happens on-device, only a key demonstrating the validity of your fingerprint is sent online. When you visit the Google password manager, the site uses a WebAuthn "Get" call to retrieve the stored credential. The company said this functionality is available for all Pixel users today, and will be rolling out to all using Android 7 or above in coming days.
This change is part of Google's strategy to reduce reliance on passwords and shift to more secure two-factor authentication methods. Assisting family and colleges with "lost" passwords is just no fun any more.
Goodbye passwords: Android is now FIDO2 certified FIDO2 certification is paving the way for passwordless mobile security. You'll need to already have your personal Google Account added to your Android device for this to work. Both security keys - like its Titan keys and those from Yubico - and local user verification do use FIDO2 standards.
For those of you eager to try this out right now, it's first available on the Google Passwords website and should be expanding to other Google websites soon.
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