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Chrome to Secure ‘Touch to Fill’ with Biometric Re-authentication

Do you use Chrome’s ‘touch to fill’ to log into websites? If yes, here is some news for you. Soon, you will be re-authenticated before the password is entered into the website.

In other words, Chrome could ask you to tap that fingerprint sensor one time before entering your password into a website.

Biometric reauth for password filling

If you are on the desktop version of Chrome, it asks you to re-enter your password only when you are about to view a saved password. Chrome does not ask you to enter your Google account password everytime you log into a website with a saved password.

Touch to fill - Chrome
Touch to fill – Chrome

On Android, you might soon see such a feature for added security. Biometric authentication, however, is easy to use. You could simply tap your fingerprint sensor to approve a login.

Will we see this as an optional feature on desktop version of Chrome? It will be a good addition for laptops and Chromebooks with fingerprint sensors.

Anyways, Google has added a new experimental flag to Chrome to test this feature:

Biometric reauth for password filling: Enables biometric re-authentication before password filling.

We should be able to test this on the Canary channel version of Chrome soon. Check back later for more screenshots.

In the meantime, I would love to hear what you think about this feature. Do you think this should be an optional feture? A toggle to turn this on or off? Let me know in the comments section below.

Source: Chromium Gerrit.

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