Google Is Testing Logins Without Passwords

Passwords are usually the weakest link when it comes to keeping your online accounts secure. Two-factor authentication is meant to strengthen the password login process but adding an extra step can be frustrating to some users (myself included). Yahoo has already launched a password-free method of logging into its email service and now Google is testing a new way for its users to sign into their accounts using mobile devices.

If everybody used complex passwords that are completely different for all online accounts then we wouldn't have a problem. Trouble is, most people stick with very basic password and often share them across multiple accounts. Google is looking to speed up the login process while keeping it secure with a password-free method all through a smartphone or tablet that has been authorised by an account holder.

The trial is currently invites-only but one Reddit member who is part of the program has documented the sign up and login process here.

How do you feel about the idea of getting rid of passwords? Let us know in the comments.

[Via The Verge]


Comments

    A variant of existing mobile on-demand authentication. And already in use, albeit typically via SMS, by other organisations (e.g. ATO's business portal).

    It remains to be seen if this is convenient enough to be useful. There's also the hassle factor if the authenticating phone is lost or wiped for whatever reason. Revalidating a phone for 2FA is a PITA as it is.

    Biometrics may be the way to go. There's at least one organisation locally that uses voice print as part of the login process. And Windows can be logged into via face recognition. These could all be hacked. But it would be much more difficult vs scraping a password database. For example, camera units can tell the difference between a face and the picture of a face, and voice recognition can be programmed to reject exact duplicates since humans slightly alter intonation, and so on.

    Passwords are as old as Ali baba and the 40 thieves! We need Morgiana... erm.. I mean passwords

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