The future is here, as Google has brought a revolutionary update to its Chrome browser that might kill passwords soon. With Chrome 67, we might soon say goodbye to entering a secret code to gain access to a website. Google wants to implement a login that uses USB keys, a fingerprint or even a face scanner.
Google is about to kill passwords with the new update
In April, Google has announced the upcoming update for its browser, Chrome 67. Among all its other perks and features, the company mentioned it would also contain support for a service called WebAuthn. Now, the update has been rolled out for everyone, and it’s time to know what this means.
WebAuthn is, in fact, an acronym that stands for Web Authentication. What this service does is allow users to kill passwords or, in other words, to log in on different websites without using passwords they might often forget.
Websites need to run support for the web authentication service
The technology isn’t new, as it’s already quite used for some smartphones and tablets. However, there is a difference, as WebAuthn usually offers access only to the device itself. Therefore, Google had quite a revolutionary idea to include this service, but there’s still one step to complete.
Before you can use your fingerprint or a similar type of authentication, websites need to activate their WebAuthn support. However, since Google has taken this step, other pages will likely follow its example. In fact, there are many reasons why they should do it.
Using a password for security is quite a fallible system, since it’s easy to crack. In these cases, it’s advisable to come up with a complex code containing both letters and numbers. Unfortunately, this comes with another drawback – you can forget it really easily. Therefore, Google’s initiative to kill passwords is actually quite an innovative idea.
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