Google Acquires Israeli Start-up Company SlickLogin to Develop a Password-Free Future
By Sounak Mukhopadhyay | February 18, 2014 12:10 PM EST
Google is in the process of creating a unique gateway which will allow users log in to their accounts without having to remember their passwords. Google joins hands with SlickLogin in order to develop passwords made of sounds which only the specific user's mobile is capable of receiving. If Google gets successful in developing the technology along with SlickLogin, you do not have to remember any more passwords. You just have to keep your mobile in hand in order to log in to your account.
This promises to be a path-breaking technology which will change the way people look at passwords forever. Right now, there are numerous possibilities of losing one's password. Alternatively, passwords can be hacked as most people may not be aware of the most secure way of creating a proper password.
SplashData, the online security management company, earlier published a list of the worst passwords used by online users in 2013. The one that topped the list was "123456" while "password" and "12345678" were the second and the third weakest password in the list. Some of the other weakest passwords of 2013 include "iloveyou", "photoshop", "sunshine", "monkey" and "000000".
Google must have understood that people are not willing to understand how dangerous a weak password can be. A weak password can allow hackers intrude even into the very personal space of an individual. Weak passwords can be exploited in online forgery, financial fraud and even terrorist activities which often require a third-party mask to hide their identity. This is especially true in the age of smartphones as sharable content gets typically synced with all the accounts of a user.
Google's attempt to provide its users with more secure passwords may have gone to the next level as it acquired the Israeli security company. The start-up company has reportedly been working on the unique idea of allowing individual mobiles to "listen" to the password. No human ear will be able to hear the password. The audio code will be different each time a user logs in, which makes it fool-proof.
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