Published: Tue, August 13, 2019
IT | By Lester Massey

You never have to remember your passwords with Android from now on!

You never have to remember your passwords with Android from now on!

One of those passwords will likely be for your Google account - something you use to log into services like Gmail and YouTube, or just browser syncing on Google Chrome. 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.

If you have a compatible Android handset, then you can try the functionality out now by heading over to using the Chrome app on your phone. That means that the part of your brain that stored these passwords can be freed up for more important things like pop culture trivia.

Google's new password-less sign-in method is built on the FIDO2, W3C WebAuthn and FIDO CTAP standards that have been developed to help reduce our dependency on passwords. Like the fingerprint recognition or the PIN and the sequence.

The technology is secure and is essentially a two-factor authentication method that uses a Bluetooth-based protocol to set up a device-specific security key.

"This new capability marks another step on our journey to making authentication safer and easier for everyone to use", Google said in a Monday blog post.

However, local user verification is used for "reauthentication during step-up flows to verify the identity of the already signed-in user".

Your fingerprint is never sent to Google's servers - it is securely stored on your device, and only a cryptographic proof that you've correctly scanned it is sent to Google's servers.

Starting today, you can go to Google's password manager site on your smartphone and log in with a tap.

Not everyone may like the idea of Google using biometrics for login purposes. Glad you asked. You won't have to worry about having to remember a password when signing onto certain Google services sites on the web.

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