Google Password Manager For Desktop Gets Biometric Authentication Granting Secure Keyless Logins

Google Password Manager For Desktop Gets Biometric Authentication Granting Secure Keyless Logins


Google Password Manager makes it easier to set complex passwords. But moving forward, it will allow users to securely log into accounts without needing to enter the tough-to-remember password string.

Password Manager, which generates unique passwords and auto-fills them on internet platforms that seek user authentication, will soon gain biometric authentication. This facility has existed on Android and iOS smartphones for quite some time. But moving forward, desktop and laptop PC users will be able to securely log into accounts using this method.

Google Password Manager For Desktop Gets Biometric Authentication


How To Use Biometric Authentication Via Google Password Manager On a PC?

As the name indicates Password Manager generates, stores, and enters account usernames and passwords for Internet users. The platform prompts the creation of complex passwords.

It is not easy to remember passwords and even account names, especially if there are multiple accounts, which is common. Hence, most users rely on password managers to enter their login information. This can be a security concern on a PC.

4/8 Google Password Manager is bolstering security with additional biometric authentication options on desktop. Require fingerprint or facial recognition before auto-filling your password. #Biometrics #OnlineSecurity

— David De los Reyes (@reyesdav10) June 9, 2023

Password can autofill passwords on most of the websites that ask users to log in. Android and iOS users have the facility to force biometric authentication. The same user authentication method wasn’t available for PC users running Windows, Linux, and ChromeOS.

Moving forward, Google’s Password Manager will insert the additional security layer. In other words, the platform will demand fingerprint recognition or facial recognition, before Chrome auto-fills passwords.

Will Google Chrome With Updated Password Manager Available For All Platforms?

Google consolidated its Chrome and Android password managers about a year ago. There’s more consistency in the UI, and new features are now available for several users simultaneously. Hence, the Password Manager updates that are rolling out today are mostly platform-agnostic.

Needless to say, the types of biometrics available in Password Manager on a desktop will depend on the hardware attached to the PC. A fingerprint reader would be the most common choice as iris scanners are still quite expensive. Additionally, the PC’s operating system must support secure login protocols through biometric authentication hardware.

Chrome’s password manager is getting a major upgrade 🙌

Keep your information safe with new and upcoming features in Google Password Manager that let you import your logins and use biometric authentication to autofill your saved passwords. Learn more:

— Chrome (@googlechrome) June 8, 2023

In a Chrome web browser, users will be able to access the newly introduced service by selecting Manage Passwords when a credential autofill menu pops up, or by placing a shortcut on their desktop.

Users will also be able to add notes to their credentials and update existing passwords to support the feature. New passwords can have the feature appended when the “Save password?” box appears.

Incidentally, Google Password Manager for Chrome on iOS is also getting a revision. The search giant claims it is enlarging its autofill prompt so that it’s easier for users to tap.

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