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.
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.
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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