Google buys SlickLogin which means sound-authentication is on the way
A post on SlickLogin's website said:
"Today we're announcing that the SlickLogin team is joining Google, a company that shares our core beliefs that logging in should be easy instead of frustrating, and authentication should be effective without getting in the way."
"Google was the first company to offer 2-step verification to everyone, for free - and they're working on some great ideas that will make the internet safer for everyone. We couldn't be more excited to join their efforts."
Seeing as Google have a large range of products, this could be introduced to Android phones, Chromebooks, tablets and their inevitable robot army.
So how does this all work? Well, SlickLogin's technology uses a variety of things to kick off the authentication process. Loads of tech is combined so that it can verify that your smartphone is near your computer. Your computer sends out a unique frequency out of the speakers and your smartphone app recognises it, allowing you to log-in.
Just sounds like more things that could go wrong and end up in a more frustrating experience.
However, previous reports and tests have noted that no-one can record the audio signal and just play it back later as a way of getting at your personal stuff. They could, however, pinch your phone, and then you're screwed. We'll just have to wait and see what the fuss is all about.