Google Is Going to Kill Passwords by 2017Added: Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
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The tech giant is going to start testing an alternative to passwords called the Trust API with financial institutions. The tool was originally created under the codename Project Abacus and aims to kill passwords by mixing together multiple weaker indicators into a single solid piece of evidence that you are who you say you are.
Trust API could use some obvious biometric indicators like your face shape and voice pattern, along with some less obvious ones: the way you move, the way you type and the way you swipe on the screen. Trust API will continually run in the background of the phone and keep track of whether those indicators match your behavior in using a phone. Any of those methods can’t be used individually to secure web services: even facial recognition is significantly less secure than a fingerprint scanner. But their combination results in something dozen times as secure as a fingerprint.
Trust API will be open to third parties, which will allow other organizations to verify your identity through it. At the first stage, banks will use it to verify customers logging in through Android, but soon it should be available to any developer. Its estimates of security differ from traditional: instead of giving a binary answer, as a password does, it can hand over a score showing how confident it is that you really are you. If the bank needs more confidence, it can ask for additional mechanisms, such as more biometric data or an old-style password.
It should be noted that Google is not the only organization developing such software. For example, British Nok Nok Labs offers a similar tool that links information from manufacturers, mobile networks and users together in a web of trust. A customer identity management firm Gigya believes that approaches like Trust API are likely to pay off, because today consumers have to remember an average of 100 passwords. Considering that the number of devices we own is rapidly increasing, the future definitely lies in methods of authentication without passwords. It must be methods that consumers clearly favor in terms of convenience and security.
The industry experts admit that biometric authentication is a powerful tool that can allow businesses to significantly increase rates of registration, gaining data and insight about their customers, at the same time enhancing customer security.
Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
|posted by (2016-05-25 20:42:30)|
|They already have gotten rid of passwords. I lost my youtube account about 3 years ago when they got rid of passwords!!! Now you have to log in with your emails an cell phones to take away privacy that much more. Time to build a shelter!!!|
|Thats for all Android users|
|Wonder when it will be mandated|
|Bye bye, free google drives.|
|I recommend putting all passwords on KeePass|
No keyboard login to trace/copy
Just keep your KeePass database and master password for KeePass in a micro SD card on your person at all times, never leave it in your computer when not in use...
|Kinda feel pleased I don't use an android mobile phone.|
|A customer identity management firm Gigya believes that approaches like Trust API are likely to pay off, because today consumers have to remember an average of 100 passwords. C'mon pull the other one. Derp.|
|"Grandpa, tell us the bedtime story about when you were a kid you had passwords and forgot your passwords and when things were really lame."|
|Well there goes our privacy...straight out the f#*kin' window|
|As +nevertellmetheodds said, Keepass is a very secure option for saving your passwords. It is also a secure password generator. Keepass can generate passwords of up to 256 bit encryption.|
Remember, just because Google stops using passwords for it's sites and services, doesn't mean that everyone else will. A similar initiative was begun be Yahoo! years ago. And, even now, some foundations use a password along with an image assigned to your account. Not only to verify your identity, but theirs also.
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