I mean, Google Chrome gets the “fingerprint lock” feature

In 2020, Google updated two of its iOS apps with support for the operating system’s “Privacy Screen” feature, allowing users to set up Touch ID or Face ID authentication to access it.

But a recent report revealed that Google is now working on building a bridge similar to the Chrome web browser, with 9to5Google now reporting that the company has updated the browser with the option to add an additional security layer for Incognito mode.

As part of the new extension, Chrome users can now secure their incognito tabs with fingerprint authentication, and according to the report, Chrome now instantly locks tabs that are locked with fingerprint authentication.

Restarting the browser will show gray tabs with the incognito logo asking users to unlock the tabs using their fingerprint along with the “Verify Your Identity” message. Users also have the option of a PIN instead of a fingerprint lock and can also be used to unlock incognito tabs.

And in the locked incognito tab screen, users will also get the option to go back to the regular tabs, and while the fingerprint lock is an important addition, it’s not new, and the Samsung Internet web browser offers the option to use fingerprints and face unlock options for private tabs for a few years now.

How to set up a fingerprint lock for incognito tabs on Chrome

– Download and install the latest version of Chrome on your Android smartphone

Open Chrome and head to Settings → Privacy and Security

Here, find the option “Lock incognito tabs when leaving Chrome” and enable it.

It is important to note that the new Incognito Lock feature is a gradual rollout and will be rolled out in phases, however, it can be enabled manually via the Chrome flag.

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