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Tuesday, 22 January 2013 11:38

Google wants to kill passwords

Written by Nick Farrell



Gmail will use something different


Google is looking at sprucing up the way we use passwords to authenticate ourselves on computers.

The search engine has had enough of people finding passwords and filling the world with spam, also having to constantly remind users what their password is. Apparently Google Vice President of Security Eric Grosse and Engineer Mayank Upadhyay said that passwords and simple bearer tokens such as cookies are no longer sufficient to keep users safe.

Their cunning plan is to use smartphones armed with an NFC enabled security device. This would mean that you could sign in to Gmail or authorize a computer to use. The downside of this idea is that if you lose your smartphone someone would have access to your computer.

So Grosse and Upadhyay think that passwords will exist they will just be a second level of protection and be less important. Pity really I was hoping that they would come up with something that does not require me to remember my mum’s maiden name or my dead dog’s birthday.

Nick Farrell

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