We all know how difficult it can be to keep track of our passwords – especially if you’re the owner of multiple e-mail accounts. At first, you say to yourself, “I will definitely remember these and I definitely don’t need to write them down.” Then, one week later, you’re clicking the “I forgot my password” link.
To help us with our short-term, password memory loss, Google is on the case. They’re now experimenting with a new technique that allows you to sign in to your account without a password. Instead of creating different passwords for each account, memorizing them, and having to type them in each and every time, Google’s new method involves authorization via a notification that gets sent right to your smartphone.
This novel idea is especially great because passwords can easily be stolen. There are two-step authentication services that do send you a text or allow you to use a special USB stick to verify your identity, but those can be a hassle. That’s why Google’s creative concept offers a different approach: you enter your e-mail address on your computer, a notification appears on your phone and asks if you’re signing in from another device, you click “yes,” and you are done!
Unfortunately, this tool isn’t available to the public just yet. As of right now, an exclusive group of Google users (who received a special invite) are testing out this process. To confirm this, a Google spokesperson told TechCrunch, “We’ve invited a small group of users to help test a new way to sign-in to their Google accounts, no password required. ‘Pizza,’ ‘password’ and ‘123456’—your days are numbered.”
Just in case something fishy happens (or if you lose your phone), Google adds that they may decide to ask you for your password as a precaution. If your phone is stolen, your Touch ID or screen lock will also help to protect your private info, since the thief won’t be able to open your phone. Plus, you can remove account access from the device that’s been stolen, just to be sure.
As for the future, Google hasn’t commented on whether or not they’ll be offering this new sign-in method to all its users. It most likely depends on how this test-run goes.
In the meantime, we’ll just be here, typing our passwords out, wondering what it feels like to receive an exclusive invitation from Google.
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