Google is updating its Chrome browser to let you automatically enter saved passwords and credit card details into forms more reliable and securely, the company has said. The browser will now biometric authentication scanner like a fingerprint to autofill credit card info without having to ask for your three-digit CVC all the time.
Apart from having convenience, both features are designed to make transactions more secure on the web. A biometric scanner makes it harder for someone who has access to your device to make an online purchase. You will still be required to enter your CVC the first time you set up a credit card, but after that, you can authenticate with security like a fingerprint.
Make use of Chrome to save and enter passwords also has its own security benefits just by entering them by memory, that is; making use of a reliable password manager. For instance, passwords can be very long and unique for each site because you don’t have to remember them all. Unlike humans, the software also can’t easily be manipulated into entering them into fake sites, making them harder to guess.
Chrome’s latest credit card autofill feature builds on its support for WebAuthn, a biometric authentication standard. This same technology allowed Google to start letting users log in to some of its services without any required password at all in 2019.
The company says the new credit autofill feature is already available on Windows and Mac. Both of them, including the password autofill dialog, will be coming to Chrome on Android in a couple of weeks.