Microsoft is not the only company that has decided to strive to say goodbye to traditional passwords. Now Google has joined the initiative, which announced the introduction of a new function that allows you to log in to selected services using an Android phone. This one will not only use the fingerprint reader.
As we can read in the help section of Google, this feature allows you to log into selected services using any method that will unlock our smartphone. So, if you have secured your phone with a pattern, you will be able to log in using the pattern, if your fingerprint – your fingerprint, if your PIN – a PIN, and if your password, unlocking the phone by entering the password.
At the moment, not everyone has access to the new Google function. For now, it was introduced only on Google Pixel smartphones, but in the coming days this will also be available to users of other devices. However, it will only work on smartphones with Android 7.0 or later. This is probably due to the fact that the function is based on the WebAuthn and FIDO2 standards. FIDO2 does not work on older versions of the system.
If you have a Google Pixel smartphone at the moment, you can try the latest feature in the password manager at passwords.google.com. If you try to choose one of the domains shown in the list, you will be asked to verify your identity by unlocking your phone. If you have a smartphone on which the function is not available, then you will have to verify your identity by entering the Google account password in a classic way.
For now, the function does not work in other services, but soon Google is going to change it. We hope this one goes to Gmail or Google Drive. After all, logging in with an Android smartphone seems to be much more convenient than logging in with passwords that you need to remember. In addition, it is much safer. Passwords are vulnerable to hacking and phishing attacks, not to mention their other vulnerabilities. While password manager and two-factor authentication protect some of these vulnerabilities, the new Google feature gets rid of them completely.