Google are looking at losing passwords

23 December 2015

new google logo Google are looking at killing off passwords as we know them, as they're testing out a new method so that people log into Google accounts using their mobile, and without typing anything in.

Basically, once you've authorised your device, you'll be able to input your account credentials on any computer, and get a notification on your phone. The device is going to have to have some type of screen lock function to work, as unlocking your mobile will be a prerequisite to approving or denying access to your account.

Now, if this sounds like a load of cobblers, Google assure everyone that you'll still be able to log in with a regular password, if you prefer.

"We've invited a small group of users to help test a new way to sign-in to their Google accounts, no password required," a Google spokesperson said. "'Pizza,' 'password,' and '123456' — your days are numbered."

Of course, Yahoo! are also looking at life beyond the humble password too, as it seems tech companies want a new way of doing things. There's concern that, as we rely more and more on the internet, it needs to be better secured, and passwords that are easy to guess are one of the bigger problems faced.

Google think this new method will be a good defence against hackers and people trying to phish your account.

This follows Google's two-step authentication services, which means you sign in on the web using a code that has been sent to you in a text message. They also have the Authenticator app, which makes unique codes on your device, to confirm your identity. They've also got the Password Alert Chrome extension, which shows users when they've input their password into a non-Google website.

TOPICS:   Technology


  • Neal
    Always with these bright ideas, they leave out the crucial: what happens if you phone is lost/stolen? At best you lose access, at worst you lose everything because a shoulder surfer sees your phone lock password, then Nick's the phone. Suddenly THEY can prove they are YOU, and you cannot...
  • Inspector G.
    And what happens when I'm at my computer without a phone?
  • Jessie J.
    As above, also what about those people without a smartphone? Wear my hat low.

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