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Google is testing password-less sign-ins using only a phone

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Google is testing a scheme which would enable users to log into their personal accounts using just their smartphone.

The feature would make it easy for users to authenticate their accounts by acting upon a pop up notification delivered to their mobile devices.

Password-less authentication was first spotted by Reddit user rp1226, who was one of the invited parties.

The Redditor, real name Rohit Paul, duly accepted and explained how it works, as well as posting screenshots of the new functionality (see above).

He wrote: “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.”

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On Tuesday, Google confirmed it is trialing the tool on a small selection of its user base.

The company told VentureBeat: “We’ve invited a small group of users to help test a new way to sign-in to their Google accounts, no password required.”

According to reports, both Android and iOS users are being asked to trial the new functionality.

Google’s efforts to kill bad passwords seems to be gathering speed.

Peter

December 23, 2015, 6:43 pm

Actually two step verification works excellent. I'm up for passwordless login. I've got my phone with me all the time so how's that inconvenient?

VXUS

December 23, 2015, 9:21 pm

They "only" a accelerated a 2FA login. As long as my personal data residing on their servers I have no way to use my phone to other identification services.Instead if my personal information could be saved in the memory of my phone I would have exactly what SingleID does. Login without password anywhere and zero knowledge by the central server.

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