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Google is aiming to kill off password-based logins. In a blog post on August 12, 2019, the search giant has started to let Android version 7 (and up) users verify their identity on some Google services (via Chrome) using non-password authentication methods.
Currently, accessible authentication techniques will mainly reflect your choices when unlocking your phone. The list, therefore, contains multi-digit PINs, fingerprints and unlock patterns.
Technically, only one Google service can now be accessed using the feature: Chrome’s integrated passwords list.
The main element of this news, however, is confirming that more will come. Google claims the alternative verification function is planned for future services – the feature already has a dedicated Help page, supporting this statement.
Although we are not sure what other services this feature will provide. It may work for Apps like Gmail, G suite and perhaps even your personal Google Account settings page.
Even with this feature in place, password logins are still available, but these alternatives could be more convenient and safe in the long term.
You can go to passwords.google.com using Google Chrome on your Android device to test the new feature yourself. You should see a pop-up that will prompt you to verify your identity.
- Anirudh is the Editor in Chief and Main Writer at Clickdotme. He does not like describing himself in the third-person and had a hard time coming up with these two sentences!