Fingerprint or face. Chrome on Windows will eventually gain biometric support

Chrome users are still unable to use fingerprint readers or face scanners to log in to particularly important digital services. After many years, changes are finally coming.

Windows, like most modern operating systems, has a mechanism for authenticating users using biometrics. It is called Windows Hello and is used both internally by the system itself – for example, we can use it to log on to the computer – and is available to external applications that instead of asking for a username and password can use Windows Hello to confirm it identity by fingerprint or face scanning.

For more unclear reasons, Chrome still does not support Windows Hello. This is somewhat strange: a significant number of users of this browser use Windows, and it also has a dominant position on the market. There can be no question of lack of interest. Fortunately, the integration of Chrome with Windows Hello is already tested.

Chrome with Windows Hello support. It will be safer – only when?

The code to support Windows Hello is already present in the development version of Chrome. The browser refers to the Windows Hello API when we try to enter our payment card details into the web application forms. There is no obligation to use this mechanism, it is optional. And of course not available if there is no biometric sensor in our Windows device.

Not all testers have this function active, and it is not clear if and when it will go into production. However, it is an obvious convenience for Chrome users, further increasing security. So we shouldn’t wait long.

Fingerprint or face. Chrome on Windows will eventually gain biometric support