This basically means that soon when Android smartphone users make an online payment on their Google Chrome app, they can confirm their credit card details using biometric authentication. Biometric authentication will work post the first transaction with a credit/debit card, when they will have to manually enter CVV number.
Readers must note that this feature, which is already available on Windows and Mac, is likely to come to Chrome app on Android smartphones in the coming weeks.
In a blog post announcing this feature, the company said that it will be completely optional as users will get a choice to turn it on or off at any time in their Chrome settings.
Explaining how this new feature is meant to be more secure Google said, “Chrome uses the W3C standard WebAuthn to securely enroll you for biometric authentication. Biometric information never leaves your device.”
Besides this, Google is also adding a new ‘touch-to-fill’ interface in Chrome that will popup every time a user visits a website where he/her has an account. Using this, people will be able to use saved accounts for that website without requiring them to scroll to the respective form fields to choose an account, as per Google.
As per Google, having a password manager pop out on a page are about to login to also reduces the risk of a phishing attack as “It cannot be tricked into filling your password into look-alike websites.”