On Android, Google Chrome now offers biometric identification to launch private windows.

On Android, Google Chrome now offers biometric identification to launch private windows

The technology company is implementing this novelty to improve privacy in incognito mode

Google has announced that it is implementing an additional privacy layer in the windows opened in incognito mode for Android devices, in which it will now be possible to introduce a blocking option through biometric authentication.

Google Chrome now offers biometric

In mid-September last year, 9to5Google published that fingerprint protection had been added as an experimental feature (‘flag’) in Chrome version 105.

Now, the technology company has published a summary of the security options available in your browser on the occasion of Data Privacy Day, which will be held this Saturday, January 28.

One of the novelties that have been echoed in this document is that Android users can now access an option already available in Chrome on iOS and that refers to incognito mode windows.

These enable anonymous surfing so that no one else using the device can see what you’re doing.

While these windows don’t store browsing history, cookies, site data, or information entered into forms, they do store downloads, bookmarks, and reading list items.

To improve privacy in incognito mode, Google has introduced biometric authentication on Android devices, which is turned on to recover closed Chrome windows.

In this way, if the user leaves said window to open another application, for example, it can only be reopened if they place their finger on the device’s fingerprint sensor.

To use this functionality, you must access the ‘Settings’ section of the browser, choose the ‘Privacy and security’ option, and choose ‘Block incognito tabs when Chrome is closed’.

Other existing privacy features in Google Chrome are the Google Password Manager tool, available in the iOS, Android, and Desktop versions, and the Safety Check alert system.

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