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Google trying to remove passwords with new tool

by Todd Haselton | December 22, 2015December 22, 2015 3:00 pm PDT

Yahoo recently introduced a new feature that allows you to log into your Yahoo account without typing in your password. Now, according to screenshots submitted by Reddit user “rp1226” Google is testing the same sort of option for its users.

The idea is actually really simple. When you’re trying to log in to a site on the Web, like your Google account for example, you can choose to complete the login through your smartphone. Simply open the app on your phone, and you’ll see a window asking if you’re trying to log into a computer. If you are, hit yes, and you’ll gain access.

If you prefer, there’s also a two-factor authentication, it seems, which asks you to select a specific number on your smartphone. If you disapprove the attempt, or pick the wrong number, the login won’t work. It’s secure in that you need your phone with you to access your account, and you need to confirm each time you try to get in. This alleviates the need to rely on remembering a password, though using a password remains an option.

There’s no word on when Google will roll this out to everyone, if ever, and it’s unclear how to join the testing. It seems to be a random option at this point, but we’ll let you know if there’s a wider deployment.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...