Google is examining a mechanism to let users login to their accounts without passwords.
Google has taken an initiative to facilities its users. The search engine developer has recently confirmed that it is examining a method for users to sign into its services using only their smartphones and no passwords.
“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,” the company stated.
Users should authorize their cellular phones to sign in with it. Then they will enter their Google mail address in a sign in page. A user would then receive a message saying, “trying to sign in?” after which he/she would open the notification and sign in without entering their password.
Users can use their password to log in to services offered by Google, so even if the phone loses its charge or could not be found nearby, a user could still sign in with the help of password.
The alternative sign in method could only be used on a cellphone that is equipped with a password-protected screen lock or employs a finger print identification mechanism, so if one loses phone, no one else could sign into the accounts.
Passwords often become targets of hackers in so-called phishing attacks where they might send a fraud email to an unsuspecting user to know his/her password. Also, majority of people use the same password for many accounts and that is where they could be easily targeted.
Google has been employing other means to improve its security. It is already known for enabling so-called two-factor authentication, where a user receives a message with a code that they use to log in to services.
Security has been given huge importance by technology giants amidst a growing threat from hackers. Previously this year, Yahoo was able to launch a similar no-password sign in feature for its facilities, known as Yahoo Account Key.
This development has taken place at a time when the company is making efforts to develop an Artificial Intelligence based messaging application, which might be able to challenge Facebook. Wall Street Journal has reported that the organization is utilizing its A.I. savvy and something it identifies as “chatbot technology” to compensate for the lost time in the competitive market.
Both companies are working on their apps to strengthen the user experience and capture the user base by introducing new features constantly. Innovation is the lifeline for tech companies.