A couple of months ago, it was discovered that Google Chrome for the desktop supported “Windows Hello.” That means people can use their fingerprint or face unlock to authenticate payments on a Windows device. Not many people have computers with fingerprint/face unlock yet, but most of us have those security methods on our phones. Chrome may soon bring this feature to Android as well.
A new Chrome flag titled “Allow using platform authenticators to retrieve server cards” has appeared. When enabled, the flag will allow people to “use a platform authenticator” when verifying cards from Google Pay. Essentially, you’ll use our fingerprint/face to verify a card rather than typing in the CVC number. The flag says it is for Mac, Windows, Linux, Chrome OS, and Android.
When the flag is enabled, there is a new option in the Chrome for Android payment settings. People can select “Screen lock” as an additional payment confirmation method. The next time a pop up asks for a CVC, there will be a checkbox to “Use screen lock to confirm cards from now on.” From that point on, you won’t be asked to enter your CVC. Unfortunately, the feature isn’t completely functional yet, and checking that box doesn’t do anything.
We should also note that the setting is called “Screen lock,” so it may not even require fingerprint or face unlock. As with any Chrome flag, there’s the possibility that this never rolls out fully, but with Chrome supporting Windows Hello, it would make sense to see this on other platforms. With so many smartphones supporting these biometric authentication systems, it’s great to see more apps take advantage of them.