We all know that passwords are the most wanting, and now the most popular website in the world is taking steps to get clear of them.
Google on Tuesday rooted it has invited a small group of users to relief test a new password-free way to sign into their accounts. “‘Pizza’, ‘password’, and ‘123456’ — your days are numbered,” a Google Person who communicates for another said in a statement, referring to some of the most common passwords and secret question answers people use.
The new rules let you verify your identity via your smartphone, according to Reddit user Rohit Paul, who first reported the exploratory feature. It works like this: You go to log in to your Google account like normal, but alternatively entering your email address and password, you provide just your email. Next, Google will provide a hidden code — in Paul’s case, the number 21 — and tell you to look at your phone.
The Web huge will then send a message to your phone asking if you’re bothersome to sign in. If you answer “yes,” you’ll then need to afford the secret code on your phone, and voila, you’re in.
The test works on iOS and Android, and you can still log in with your formal typed password if you prefer, Google said. Aside from existing way more user friendly than passwords, the new system can help assure against phishing program designed to trick users into unknowingly handing their personal details to hackers.
At the same time, Google isn’t the first company with this concept. Yahoo in October updated iOS and Android apps with a new authentication system that uses push notifications to verify you.