New Chrome biometric authentication feature for authorizing online payments.
- Chrome now includes the ability to verify your credit card information using a biometric.
- You will not have to remember your CVC if you decide to use the feature.
- A new interface also makes it easy to enter your login information with one hand.
At one point or another, you may be in a situation where you want to buy something online, but you can not fully remember all your credit card information, so you will get up from your computer to find your wallet. Google wants to make these trips a thing of the past with an upgrade to Chrome’s existing vehicle functionality.
If you use Chrome to store your credit card information, you will know that it requires you to enter your three- to four-digit verification code (CVC) each time you make an online purchase. Chrome does this because your payment credentials are only transferred to the browser when they need them. While there is a good chance that you may have memorized your card CVC after logging in so often, you will no longer need to remember it with the latest Chrome feature. Starting this week with Windows and macOS and extending later to Android devices, you can verify your identity when making an online purchase using biometrics, including fingerprints.
You will need to enter your CVC the first time you make an online purchase. Google makes a point to note that the feature is optional to use, and you can turn it off at any time. Your biometric information is provided using the WebAuthn W3C standard.
Google is adding a new interface for accessing websites.
What’s more, Google is introducing a new Chrome-filled touch interface that will appear whenever you visit a webpage where you have an account. It also allows you to enter your login information using only one hand. Furthermore, it reduces the amount of traffic you need to make, especially if you have multiple accounts for the same website or platform. The company plans to browse the new touchscreen functionality to fill Chrome on Android devices in the coming weeks.
Related: The best password manager apps for Android
When it comes to taking advantage of automation, most people are best off using exclusively a password manager like 1Password or LastPass to store their login credentials and credit card information as they can work on most devices their and interface directly with other applications thanks to the automatic Android API. However, if you find yourself using a lot of Chrome, both new features will come as welcome add-ons.