The web search giant tries really hard to make Google account users’ lives easier, so now Google tests password-free login method via smartphone. According to the company, mobile phone users would be able to access their accounts through a simple notification on their mobile phones.
Yahoo recently made a similar move, and now allows users to log in without typing any password by just accessing a notification on their phones which makes an app to pop-up and request login confirmation.
Tech companies are now set to remove passwords on devices after cyber security experts have long warned that this method of logging into an account may represent a major security vulnerability. Many users fail to set strong passwords or copy-paste the same password across multiple sites, thus, virtually inviting hackers and bots into their accounts.
Previous attempts to remove or enhance passwords had not been that popular since they often implied an additional step to the process. For instance, security experts proposed USB tokens or additional codes sent to a user’s phone.
But Google’s recently unveiled method promises to speed up and simplify the process. So, whenever you will sign into your Google account from a different device a phone notification will ask you to confirm the operation. With a simple tap you will be able to access the account.
The method is very helpful for users that keep their smartphones close when they try to access Google account from other devices such as laptops or PCs or for those that have to type in complex passwords.
The password-free method is also designed to shield Google service users from phishing attempts. According to recent reports, not all users would be able to access the new feature. Only users that had received an invitation to be part in the test via their e-mails would have a first look at it.
Invitation e-mails will be sent by “Sign-In Experiments at Google,” a group that is visible on the tech giant’s Groups service, but its activity cannot be accessed nor its page viewed without an invitation.
Google confirmed to several tech news outlets that there is an ongoing test. A spokesperson said that a small group of users received the invitations to take part into an experiment designed to allow them to login without a password.
In case a smartphone is lost or stolen, the company recommends users to remove the device from the list of approved devices for account access. The feature reportedly works with both iOS and Android, but an official release date is yet unknown.
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