Google has recently paid particular attention to the Chrome browser’s password management feature, and the mobile version now has a more simplified user interface and lets users add shortcuts to the home screen.
According to Chrome Story, a new experimental flag has arrived on Chromium Gerrit that would enable desktop Chrome browser users to read, change, or copy passwords using biometric identification, such as a fingerprint.
When the functionality is ready, users will be able to view, edit, and copy saved passwords by just tapping the TouchID or fingerprint sensor. The code commit has already been merged. The Chrome browser already supports biometrics on mobile devices, and the new experimental option will extend this functionality to PC and Mac users as well.
The availability depends on the particular device because fingerprint recognition sensors are not as commonly installed in laptops as they are in smartphones. In order to access the password manager in the Chrome browser, users currently need to enter their computer password. Integrating biometrics would primarily serve as a more user-friendly method of authentication. Although we’ll have to wait for a little for the final stable release, this feature will probably be included in a future Canary version.
This functionality would only be added to the desktop version of the browser because the mobile edition of Chrome’s password manager already requests some sort of biometric authentication before allowing you to copy or otherwise view your password.