Chrome 67 Helps You Access Your Accounts without Typing a Password

June 2, 2018, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Google is providing a means for users to get rid of passwords from almost every site they get into inside the browser. With version 67, Chrome is stepping into the facility of WebAuthn that provides an alternate means of access to websites apart from passwords.

WebAuthn is an open standard that made its debut earlier inside Mozilla’s Firefox browser. It lets users access their accounts using of alternate means like biometric data, mobile app, etc. WebAuthn also supports hardware security devices like USB keys so that users can conveniently access accounts when accessing through browsers on external devices.

With WebAuthn, Chrome will now offer better protection from phishing attacks to concerned users due to the omission of fixed line of characters that grants access to accounts like in passwords. Users can also use the WebAuthn standard to add the layer of security in addition to passwords by using it as a means for two-factor authentication.

The standard would have a better reach now with it hitting Chrome. Microsoft is also gearing up to deliver WebAuthn standard to its users via the Edge browser. Additionally, Apple too had promised for an integration of WebAuthn, though they haven’t revealed when exactly it would be put in place.

Apart from offering better security, Chrome 67 also features other new technologies to help users do more with the browser. That includes added support for Generic Sensor API, with which users can now pair Chrome with sensors from external hardware like VR headsets. This would gain Chrome an access to sensors like accelerometers, ambient light sensors etc., the usage of which can be used to display 3D models inside the browser through real-world motion of your heads.

The feature still would rely on how it gets utilized by the web app developers, and we could get to experience its full potential only by then. Google is expecting an aggressive adoption of the feature since it could open up multiple possibilities like having immersive 360-degree videos, virtual shopping, 3D art installations, and more.

For now, you can enjoy the limited application of the Generic Sensor API by upgrading your Chrome browser to the latest version, i.e. version 67, on your Windows, macOS, or Linux devices. Simultaneously, Google is also updating the Android version to 67 that brings in support for new VR/AR features with new APIS along with various bug fixes.

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