QR.bizNewsYou never have to remember your passwords with Android from now on!

You never have to remember your passwords with Android from now on!

One of those passwords will likely be for your Google account - something you use to log into services like Gmail and YouTube, or just browser syncing on Google Chrome. Adding to the pain is the fact that now we have got so many passwords to remember. Current Android phones with face unlock won't count as a secure unlock method for the purposes of Google's new login feature.

Testing the feature on a Pixel 3a running Android Q DP6. However, the tech giant is keen on simplifying online logins by making it easier, and quicker, to securely access some of its own web services on Android devices without the need for a password. This week, though, all phones with Android Nougat+ (and a fingerprint reader) will have access.

To use this feature, Android smartphone users will need to update their Google Play Services application and enable the functionality in their Android smartphone settings. However, for that, Google is using the new FIDO2, FIDO CTAP and W3C's WebAuthn standards instead of Android's native fingerprint APIs. The method of authentication has been proven to be far more secure than having to regularly key in a password, can even be used in tandem with two-factor authentication (2FA) key if needed. The authentication happens on-device, only a key demonstrating the validity of your fingerprint is sent online.

However, Google has said that the new feature is now being rolled out to Pixel phones first, and will arrive on devices running Android 7.0 Nougat or newer followin that, so it shouldn't be long before it becomes easier to log into other Google services through Chrome on Android. As explained by The Verge, by using this method of security, credentials are stored locally, as opposed to being stored in a remote cloud server.

For those of you eager to try this out right now, it's first available on the Google Passwords website and should be expanding to other Google websites soon. Assisting family and colleges with "lost" passwords is just no fun any more. Google said by using FIDO2, it can use the same authentication method both on the web and in the app.

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