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Payments with Windows Hello face and fingerprint biometrics added to Google Chrome


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Google Chrome has added support for biometric payment authentication for Windows 10 users with facial or fingerprint recognition through Windows Hello, XDA-Developers reports.

The browser’s settings page now includes a Windows Hello option under Payment Methods. When enabled and a card is selected for a payment in Chrome, this option brings up a prompt to complete the CVC field through facial recognition or a fingerprint scanner.

The change was recently spotted by a Twitter user, though XDA-Developers notes a Google Support forum post and a post by one of its own forum members back in March that both mention the feature, it is unknown when exactly the feature was enabled. The publication speculates that a server-side update has now made it live for users of the latest version of Chrome.

Google launched support for biometric authentication for autofilling payment information on Android 8.0 at the beginning of this year.

The May 2020 Update of Windows 10, which is apparently known as Windows 10 2004, adds two new features to the Windows 10 biometric authentication tool. BleepingComputer writes that sign-in to Safe mode can now be completed with Windows Hello PIN, as can signing into a Microsoft account.

The latter change, which users can enable through the Sign-in options under the Accounts setting from the Settings page, allows the use of face or fingerprint biometrics, in addition to a PIN or physical security key when “Make your device passwordless” is set to “on.”

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