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July 31, 2020

Google Chrome adds biometrics authentication for credit cards

Google has integrated its Chrome browser with WebAuthn biometrics to enable biometrics authentication for stored credit cards.

Cardholders who store their credit or debit card information in the Chrome browser on their Android devices can now use their fingerprint to approve a payment.

They can also use facial recognition to authenticate the payments.

These features enable easy checkout experience while shopping as cardholders do not have to enter the CVC code printed on the back of their physical cards repeatedly for each transaction.

However, they will need to enter their CVC code while using the credit card for the first time.

The feature, which is already available on Windows and Mac devices, will be added to Chrome on Android over the coming weeks.

Additionally, Google is also adding a touch-to-fill feature to Chrome.

Users can leverage this feature to easily fill information while accessing multiple accounts.

In a blog post, Google Chrome product manager Patrick Nepper and Google Payments product manager Stan Li said: “Going forward, Chrome will allow you to enrol your device to retrieve card numbers via biometric authentication, such as your fingerprint.

“You still need to provide your CVC the first time you use your credit card, but for future transactions, you will be able to confirm your credit card using biometric authentication – instead of requiring you to pull out your wallet and type in its CVC.

“Biometric authentication is optional. You can choose to confirm your card with its CVC and you can also turn this feature on and off in Chrome Settings at any time.”

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