Google To Offer Sound-Based Password Login To Reduce Hacking

News & Views | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 02/18/2014 | 12:00 AM EST

The technology giant acquires new software that may change the culture of online security

Google is looking to make password logins a lot more interesting.


The tech giant is set to launch a sound-based technology that would allow you to use your mobile device to send a secured message to your computer for access to a website rather than the traditional type-in password and authentication code.


The new feature is thanks to Google acquiring SlickLogin, an Israeli security startup that delivers an alternative to having to access sites that’s sent to your mobile. The technology lets you hold your mobile up to your computer to ‘listen’ to the website’s ultra-sonic sound. The inaudible sound is encrypted with data and the unique confirmation required is heard by the phone and sent back to the SlickLogin servers, which then gives you access to the website.


Another great thing about SlickLogin is that it eliminates the risk of your accounts being compromised by hackers at unknown remote locations, for in order for it to work your phone has to be physically be in the presence of your computer.


Could sound-based passwords be a thing of the future? Only time will tell.

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