Google testing account sign-in using your phone not a password

Google testing account sign-in using your phone not a password
Google knows that multi-factor authentication is a great way to secure someone's account, but it also knows that people find it to be too cumbersome or annoying. So, in order to add security without too much complexity, it looks like Google is testing out an option to allow users to sign in on any device by using their phone, not a password.

Android owner Rohit Paul posted yesterday on Reddit that he had been invited to take part in the test. According to Paul, you start out by authorizing your mobile phone. One mandatory prerequisite is that your phone have a secure lockscreen using either a PIN, password, pattern, or fingerprint, because this lockscreen security essentially replaces your traditional password for login. Although, it should be noted that you will still be able to use your password to login if you lose your phone or your battery dies. Google also gives instructions on how to deactivate your phone, if it does get lost or stolen. 

The ultimate aim is to make accounts more secure even if someone were to use a weak password, and Google will apparently make users perform extra tasks if there is ever reason to suspect their account is being abused. Right now, the invite is going out to a small group, but we'll let you know if Google expands the testing. 

Would anyone out there be interested in using this?


source: Reddit via The Verge

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5 Comments

1. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

Another Google plus in the making... Topic failure

2. Finalflash

Posts: 4061; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Another reading comprehension failure more likely.

3. Mfa901

Posts: 291; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

I is odd but I have seen similar thing two months ago when I was trying to change password of my email using laptop it send a popup in my phone asking if I am trying to change password and there was yes and no option

4. saurabhgupta1121

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 23, 2015

This truly limits the user's ability to move around devices without a phone. How about a solution like ReAn (Rethink Auth) for eliminating weak passwords? It generates _very_ strong passwords from easy to remember secrets.

5. Android_Lollipop

Posts: 154; Member since: May 05, 2015

That is why you also have passwords option when the device is not around. "it should be noted that you will still be able to use your password to login if you lose your phone or your battery dies."

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