Google has taken another step towards a future where we won t need passwords to login into our accounts. The company is testing a new feature wherein you will be able to sign into your Google account by using your phone. Also Read - Google will update Play Store guidelines, crack down on companies bypassing 30% feeAlso Read - Google Pixel 5, Pixel 4a 5G renders and specs leak: Mint Green color, Snapdragon 765G, and more
This new feature essentially makes your phone to authenticate your identity and then give you access to the Google account, Android Police reports. A user first registers a smartphone to be the authenticator. When trying to login on a computer, enter your Google id and you will receive a notification on the registered smartphone. This notification essentially asks the user to allow or deny access to the Google account. Once you hit yes, you will be able to access the account. Also Read - Paytm app back on Google Play after short pulldown concerning policy violations
This sounds like an interesting security measure and will be useful for people who want to login to their Google accounts on multiple devices, and always have their smartphones with them. It will also be a boon for those who have long and complicated passwords, which can be difficult to type every day.
It is all very hush-hush at the moment though and Google is testing this feature with a very select group of users. But a spokesperson did confirm the existence of this feature to the publication We ve invited a small group of users to help test a new way to sign-in to their Google accounts, no password required. Pizza , password , and 123456 your days are numbered.
Despite what people say, passwords are the weakest links when it comes to online privacy. A look at some of the worst passwords used online and you will know why. This isn t the first time Google is being reported to have been working towards a password-free world. Earlier this year, Google introduced the Password Alert extension for the Chrome browser. This tool essentially warns users if a website is trying to steal their login credentials. Last year, Google also acquired a startup called SlickLogin that specializes in replacing passwords with soundwaves.
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