Chrome’s new biometric feature for online payment authorization.
- Chrome now includes the option to authenticate your credit card information using biometrics.
- You will not have to remember your CVC if you decide to use the feature.
- A new interface makes it easier to enter your login information with one hand.
At one time or another, you’ve probably found yourself in a situation where you want to buy something online but can’t quite remember all of your credit card information, so you leave your computer to find your wallet. Google wants to make those trips a thing of the past by enhancing the existing Chrome automatic functionality.
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) every time you make an online purchase. Chrome does this because your payment credentials are only transferred to the browser when it needs them. While there’s a good chance you’ll probably memorize your card’s CVC after inserting it so often, you won’t need to remember it anymore with the latest Chrome feature. Starting this week with Windows and macOS and later extending to Android devices, you can authenticate your identity when shopping online using biometrics, including your fingerprint.
You will still need to give your CVC the first time you make an online purchase. Google makes a point to note that the feature is optional to use, and you can disable it at any time. Your biometric information is secured using the W3C WebAuthn standard.
Google is adding a new interface for logging into websites.
In addition, Google is introducing a new touch-to-fill interface for Chrome that will appear whenever you visit a website where you have an account. It also allows you to enter your login information using only one side. In addition, it reduces the amount of scrolling you have to do, particularly if you have multiple accounts for the same website or platform. The company plans to carry out the new touch-to-fill functionality for Chrome on an Android device in the coming weeks.
Related: The best password manager apps for Android
When it comes to taking advantage of auto-completion, many people are best to use exclusively a password manager such as 1Password or LastPass to store their login credentials and credit card information since they can work on most of their devices and interface directly with other apps thanks to Android’s automatic API. Still, if you find yourself using Chrome a lot, both new features will come as welcome additions.