Google is all set to say goodbye to the usage of passwords soon as the company is planning to use mobile phones of users for identification and to bypass the step of entering a password.
Early this week, Google confirmed on Reddit that it was trialing the phone-only sign-in with a select group of users.
A Google’s spokesperson’s statement said, “We’ve invited a small group of users to help test a new way to sign-in to their Google accounts, no password required”. It added that password days are soon going to be numbered.
So, in future users will just need to authorize directly via their mobile phone, in order to start using the web services of Google.
The process will be as follows- Users just need to type in their username and ask the web services provider to send a 4 or 6 digit code to their mobile phone. Once, this is done the user needs to enter that code and they can thus make a login into their respective accounts. Well, no answer for now, if you’re mobile is out of service. But is similar, to what you are doing for online banking…..isn’t it?
Google wants to make the concept of using passwords almost extinct for its future services such as Gmail, Google+, Youtube, Google docs. This is due to the fact that a recently released LogRhythm report on workplace security found that 19 per cent of Australian workers used only one password for everything, leaving them vulnerable to hackers.
Google’s phone authentication aims to reduce this risk by enabling users to sign in with a personal possession, rather than the intellectual property of a password that can potentially be obtained by an unknown individual.
Hope, it succeeds in its objective!