Post-Password Generation

Written by:
Lucie Sadler
Date Posted:
1 June 2018
Category:
Tech

Chrome 67 is here. The updated browser has just been released by Google for Windows, Mac and Linux. The latest update is a big step into the post-password generation, offering password free sign in to most services whilst using the browser.

It uses the Web Authentication Standard, which launched earlier this year. Bringing this technology to one of the most popular web browsers will mean that there’ll be less reliance on typed usernames and passwords. And will hopefully help with security issues.

Chrome 67 has increased the use of site isolation, which keeps each browser tab separate so that a site can’t easily access data from other open tabs. This was initially a fix that was rolled out to avoid Spectre style attacks, and now features in the latest update.

The updated browser is also more compatible with VR through the Generic Sensor API. This is a standard used for things like fitness trackers and VR headsets, and it’ll pave the way for more integrations between desktop and gadgets in the future.

Here’s how it works:
Desktop users will receive a prompt on their smart phone after choosing to create an account. They can then choose to use a fingerprint, retina, facial recognition or even a photo from their library to authenticate the account. Then the same process is repeated every time that they sign into the site.

It can either replace passwords, or be used as two-factor authentication to make your accounts more secure. The main appeal is of course protection from phishing attacks, as there’s no fixed line of characters (like an alphanumeric password) to gain access to accounts.

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