Chrome’s new biometric authentication feature for authorizing online payments.
- Chrome now has the ability to authenticate your credit card information using biometrics.
- You do not have to remember your CVC if you choose to use this feature.
- The new interface also makes it easy to enter login data with one hand.
At some point, you may find yourself in a situation where you want to buy something online, but can not fully remember all the information about your credit card, so you get up from your computer to find your wallet. Google wants to make these trips a thing of the past by upgrading Chrome’s existing autocomplete features.
If you use Chrome to store your credit card information, you know that it requires you to enter your card’s three- to four-digit verification code (CVC) each time you make an online purchase. Chrome does this because your billing information is only transmitted to the browser when it needs it. While it’s likely that you’ve probably memorized your card’s CVC after typing in it so often, you won’t have to remember it anymore with the latest Chrome feature. Starting this week on Windows and macOS, and then spreading to Android devices, you can verify your identity when making online purchases using biometrics, including fingerprints.
You will need to enter CVC when you first make an online purchase. Google says you don’t need to use this feature, and you can turn it off at any time. Your biometric information is protected by the WebAuthn W3C standard.
Google is adding a new interface for logging in to websites.
In addition, Google is introducing a new touch-fill interface for Chrome that will appear every time you visit a website where you have an account. It also allows you to enter login information using only one hand. Moreover, it reduces the amount of scrolling you need to do, especially if you have multiple accounts for the same website or platform. The company plans to introduce a new touch-to-fill feature for Chrome on Android devices in the coming weeks.
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When it comes to using AutoFill, most people prefer to use only a password manager, such as 1Password or LastPass, to store login information and credit card information, as they can run on most of their devices and interact directly with other apps through the Android AutoFill API. But if you use Chrome a lot, both new features will be a welcome addition.