Google Chrome asks you to re-authenticate using your computer password when you try to view saved passwords. On the mobile version of Chrome, you can use the fingerprint sensor if available.
An experimental flag spotted in the Chromium Gerrit suggests that Google is also working on bringing biometric authentication to Mac and Windows.
Biometric authentication in settings
I recently wrote about how to view passwords you save using Google Chrome’s built-in password manager. Google asks you to enter your computer’s password again before showing you the saved password.
The re-authentication ensures that others do not access your passwords if you leave your computer unlocked. You may not like this step if you are used to opening your computer using face-ID or your fingerprint.
Google wants to help you. Here is the new flag I spotted today:
Biometric authentication in settings: Enables biometric authentication in settings to view/edit/copy a password
When this feature is ready, you can simply tap your TouchID or fingerprint sensor to view/edit/copy a saved password. (If your computer supports this.)
Does this sound like a feature that will improve your life? Let me know in the comments section below.