Google has announced that it is going to start changing passwords as a way of verifying identification online for Android users.
On August 12, Google Security Blog posting, Dongjing He, a Google software engineer, and Christian Model, a Google product manager, explain that “new safety technologies are surpassing passwords when it comes to both strength and convenience.” Bearing this in mind, they proceed, Google is “glad to announce that you could verify your identification by utilizing your fingerprint or display lock instead of a password when visiting certain Google services.”
Consider it a flagging of the intent to maneuver a passwordless future, in much the same approach that Microsoft has signaled an intention to replace Windows 10 passwords for 800 million users. In each instance, the common denominator is FIDO2 authentication.
The FIDO Alliance, which stands for Fast Identity Online, is an industry body on a mission to resolve the issue of passwords by using open standards to drive technologies that can securely change them. FIDO2 is a set of such rules that allow logins backed by strong cryptographic security. The modifications that Google is making come “as a result of years of collaboration between Google and many different organizations in the FIDO Alliance and the W3C,” the announcement acknowledged. W3C is the World Wide Web Consortium, and it recently authorized a standard for an online authentication application programming interface (API) referred to as WebAuthn, after three years of talking and testing.
This is the first time that Google enabled the same biometric credentials, your fingerprint, for use by both native Android apps and internet providers. Register your fingerprint once in your smartphone and then use it for both securely accessing your apps and internet services, which makes it something of an enormous deal for the long run.
For now, although, it’s restricted to only the Google Password Manager service. There is no such thing as an indication as to when it is possible for you to make use of your fingerprint, or PIN, to access Gmail for example.