Google starts testing signing into accounts without passwords – The world without passwords is near
Passwords have been around for quite a while and in today’s world. But that didn’t make it any stronger, it only made it weaker and worse. In today’s world, password has become the easiest way to illegally attain information or access to other people’s accounts. So in the ever going battle against weak passwords, Google has taken an extra ordinary step which will let you sign into something without the use of passwords.
The news was broken out recently by a reddit user Rohit Paul, who got an invitation from Google to try this out.
So what is it:
So when you try to sign into your Google account, you will receive a notification in your smartphone about this event and ask you to allow it or deny it. So if you say yes, you will be logged into your account and no password is needed.
According to Rohit Paul here is how it works:
You authorize your phone to allow you to log into your account.
You go into a computer and type in your email. Then you get a message on your phone to allow the login. If you hit yes, the computer logs into your Google account without a password.
According to Google this test will work with both Android devices and iOS devices. According to them this new feature is for saving people from falling for phishing attacks. Phishing attack is something when a user is presented with a fake login page from the attacker, and when the user enters their login credentials it will be passed on to the attacker instead of the website servers thus by enabling the attacker to use your account. But if you don’t have the device handy to allow the logging in, you can choose to use your password instead.
“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 told VentureBeat. “‘Pizza’, ‘password’, and ‘123456’ — your days are numbered.”
Do let us know if you received this invitation. Also make sure you reply here with your thoughts on this initiative from Google, no matter good or bad.