Google Wants to Replace Your Passwords with Mobile Authentication

December 24, 2015, By Alex Badinici

Google is following the footsteps of Yahoo – they want to put an end to your password habits. The solution here is the same which was worked on by Yahoo, finding smartphones as the perfect replacement for your keyboard inputs.

The new process was confirmed by Google themselves, who revealed that the new log-in set-up is now being tested among select users.

Members will only have to go through the initial trivial hassle of setting up a phone number.


Once that gets authenticated by means of a one-time activation, users will be able to log-in on various Google-enabled services by just making a touch in their mobile phones.

An authentication alert will be sent to the users devices when the users try to log-in on any devices, be that from PC or smartphones. Nodding the access via your phone will have you logged in to Google on the corresponding devices.

Similar to Yahoo, Google’s authentication process won’t be a two-stage process that will demand users to have the passwords keyed in. Instead, it aims at entirely eradicating the long written passwords, which is often deemed risky for its transparency.

Google themselves have stumbled upon security concerns multiple times previously due to password exposure. One such instance was when many pointed out the flaws in Google Chrome that let the passwords exposed when viewed from settings panel.

The company has come up with multiple tweaks to address all those concerns, but written passwords and codes still hold heavy vulnerability.

Considering the mobile authentication to be much more convenient, Google’s new authentication system looks imminent to break out of the test phase soon. There’s no word, however, on when it will have a public launch.

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