Passwordless sign-in coming to Chromebooks

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Some new features are coming to Chromebooks via the recently released Chrome OS 88 update. One of the more notable additions will allow users to sign in more quickly and personalize their lock screens. 

The new sign-in feature is in part to WebAuth, Google's Web Authentication that has been around a while and distributed across Android devices starting back in 2019. Chromebook owners can to sign in to sites that support WebAuth without needing site-specific passwords. Instead, they can opt to use the fingerprint scanner (if your Chromebook has one) or PIN that is used to access your device. The websites most likely will provide a pop up to notify you if WebAuth is supported.

You can also use your PIN or fingerprint as part of your two-step verification process. That will eliminate the need for security keys or authentication software on other devices, which will speed up your whole browsing experience. 

The other new feature is the ability to personalize your lockdown screens with things like current weather, a favorite playlist, and photos from your Google Photo Album account. Both of these nifty little updates have been available on Windows systems and cell phones for a while so it's a nice update that is familiar to all. 

Mark Anthony Ramirez

Mark has spent 20 years headlining comedy shows around the country and made appearances on ABC, MTV, Comedy Central, Howard Stern, Food Network, and Sirius XM Radio. He has written about every topic imaginable, from dating, family, politics, social issues, and tech. He wrote his first tech articles for the now-defunct Dads On Tech 10 years ago, and his passion for combining humor and tech has grown under the tutelage of the Laptop Mag team. His penchant for tearing things down and rebuilding them did not make Mark popular at home, however, when he got his hands on the legendary Commodore 64, his passion for all things tech deepened. These days, when he is not filming, editing footage, tinkering with cameras and laptops, or on stage, he can be found at his desk snacking, writing about everything tech, new jokes, or scripts he dreams of filming.