It seems like Google is working to bring biometric authentication to Chrome on Mac and Windows, as indicated by the presence of an experimental flag in the Chromium Gerrit repository. This will give users another option to authenticate when trying to view saved passwords in Chrome. Currently, on desktop, the browser prompts you to re-authenticate by entering your computer’s password, while on mobile, you can use the device’s fingerprint reader.
The flag, found by Chrome Story, will be allow you to use the biometrics available on your device, such as TouchID on a MacBook, to view, change, or copy a saved password. This change also comes at a time when Google is trying to position its password manager as a worthy competitor to 1Password and other third-party apps by offering on-device encryption and preparing for the inevitable shift to a passwordless future. pass.
Enable biometric authentication in settings to view/edit/copy password
This change is also handy for Mac and Windows users who have chosen to use Chrome to store their passwords. Suppose the device in question has built-in biometrics, which you are used to using all the time. In this case, it feels like an extra step of having to type in your password just to access your chrome passwords even though you’ve already authenticated on the device. It feels like the natural next step in enforcing FIDO connection standards.