Microsoft's Edge Browser To Support 'Hello' Biometric Authentication For Websites

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viewtyjoe

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IDK if I am just ignorant, but something seems inherently insecure about passing biometric data from a windows OS to a windows web browser......
It's okay, Google or Apple will just as gladly take your biometric information and store it in some data warehouse somewhere.
 

Nolonar

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Pretty sure that's not how it'll work.

The app (in this case Edge) will just ask the OS to identify the user. The OS may then ask for the user's password, PIN, or biometric data. Once the user has been verified, the OS will notify the app that the user has been verified.

Chrome does something similar.
Whenever you want to see your currently saved passwords, it asks Windows to authenticate the user. You'll have to provide your Windows user password, not your Google account one. Windows won't tell Chrome what the password is, only that the person sitting in front of the PC is indeed the current user, and not someone else who just wants to take a picture of all your web credentials.
 

SillieAbbe

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It is now getting known that the authentication by biometrics usually comes with poorer security than PIN/password-only authentication. Are you aware of this video that explains how biomerics makes a backdoor to password-protected information?
https://youtu.be/5e2oHZccMe4
 
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