Google wants to kill the password

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We’ve all been there, having to create a password on various different websites, all with varying stipulations of length and characters, and invariably create a password that we forget almost as soon as we type it in. So, with all the improvements in technology and security there has to be a way around it – right?

Well, one name you might know is looking at killing the password off entirely. Google are making use of the improvements in technology, and the general population’s frustration with creating passwords, to look at alternative ways to get you logged in to your account.

Many of you will have a phone that you can now access with just your fingerprint, rather than typing in a 4+ character length passcode. This has enabled us even faster access to our data, and also various applications too – with the ability now to pay with just your fingerprint, download apps or log-in to your bank. Whilst that was, and still is, revolutionary Google are looking to do more.

Are Bio-metrics an easier way in?

Currently Google are looking at using bio-metrics to enable users to access accounts; this could be anything from using voice patterns or your face shape to qualify that you are the owner of the specific account. But they are also looking at some slightly alternative methods too – by monitoring the way in which you type or swipe on your screen they will be able to deduce whether you are the correct person or not.

But just how reliable will access via these methods be? Personally I have had poor experience of the new passport control machines that match your face to that of your passport. Despite many attempts it always denies me access and sends me to a physical person to allow me return entry in to the country. Could the problem not be the same with online access, and would the lack of a ‘physical’ person to turn to restrict us even further?

However frustrating a password may be, at least you are able to control whether you get access to your account or not. If you forget your password then it is only through fault of your own that you cannot get in to your account, however with the computer making that decision purely on what it can see, sense or deduce you could be battling with a virtual machine for access to our documents, money and data.

Of course, before we try we cannot possibly succeed and really do not know how well these means of accessing an account could work – and naturally, Google haven’t got much wrong to date!

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