Google Testing Out New Login System To Remove The Need For Passwords
All giant online companies have always tried to create systems where passwords for user login isn’t really required in order to make this security verification method obsolete. The recently introduced fingerprint scan system in iOS and Android are examples of such systems in order to allow users to access their accounts with ease.
According to a reddit user ‘rp1226’ who was part of a test group for one such system, Google is now seeking to implement a new system where users can log in to their Google accounts without a password and all they will need is a smartphone.
The concept is incredibly simple, on a computer, you simply input your email address as you would normally in the login process, after that, instead of inputting the relevant password, you instead accept the login request from an authenticated phone. Instead of a password, the only challenge appears to be accessing the device and correctly selecting the number displayed on the computer screen from a multiple choice selection on the phone.
It’s not clear whether this method would end up being more secure than regular password input or not since there aren’t a lot of details available about it yet but given the fact that a user can lose their phone anytime, anyone else might be easily able to access their account.
Whether or not this authentication method catches on remains to be seen, but it is definitely nice to see Google are willing to try out new ways to implement security on accounts and data, even something as risky as tying it down to a physical device.