Google experiments with password-free logins2015-12-23 03:17 by Daniela
Google has announced that it is testing a password-free login method that enables users to log into their Google accounts using only their smartphones. This new login option is expected to speed up logins by offering a different way of signing in without having to type in a memorized string of characters.
"We've invited a small group of users to help test a new way to sign in to their Google accounts, no password required," said a Google official. "'Pizza', 'password' and '123456' — your days are numbered."
Those who have been invited to try this new method must first authorize their phone to enter the Google account. After that, when they try to log in from a PC for example, they will have to just enter their email on the Google sign-in page and will receive a notification on their smartphone that will ask them to approve the login. Along with the notification, Google will provide a secret code. Users who answer "yes," will then need to provide the secret code on their phone, and they'll be in.
According to Google, this is a more secure way to access Google accounts without using two-factor authentication.
In case their phone is lost, stolen, or forgotten, users will still be able to access their account via regular password login. For an added security step, Google will prompt them to enter their password if it notices something strange about their login method.
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