Google is Trying To Remove Password

December 23rd, 2015. Google finally confirmed their next step. It is the one we never imagine. Something we believed is outdated. Something we need, yet we choose to deny. Something that can protect us from cyber threats. Our account password.

So, what actually is Google planning to do?

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Username and password. We need these every time we want to sign into our account. Many of us believe this combination is the best. Username gives unique ID to user. At the other side, we need password as the key to our account. That’s why we need to make it complex. The more complex our password, the safer our account will be. But, let me ask you something. How much do you concern about your password? Do you believe it is complex enough?

Well, there are some ‘disturbing’ facts about password. Password should be our first defense against cyber threat. We can use it as our ultimate defense, but only if we use it well. The problem is many people don’t. Many people ‘love’ simple passwords. Something like 123456, password, qwerty, 12345678 etc. These passwords may be easy to remember. But, don’t forget this. They are also easier to hack. The same thing goes for re-used passwords. Some believe they’ve created complex passwords. Many did a great job with this. Their passwords are very complex. However, some of them are too confident. They believe no one can hack their password. So, they use it for all of their accounts. The password might be very difficult to hack. But, it is not impossible to hack. The hacker only need to hack once. Once he got your password, can you imagine how many accounts he can hack? This is why re-used password is dangerous.

What about two-factor verification? This one surely helps. But, there is a little challenge here. It adds an extra step to your log in. You need to enter either a secret token, verification code, or plugin a USB stick before you can log into your account. For some people. this may lead to hassle.

Google vs. Password

So, what does Google think about this?

First, you won’t need password. Second, you need a smartphone.

Here is how it works.

  • Register your phone number to Google.
  • Google will verify your number.
  • Every time you want to log in, Google will send a notification to your smartphone.
  • Respond to this notification if you want to log into your account.
Google hopes to speed up your login with this new feature. Once finished, you only need to provide your email address every time you want to sign into Google account. Afterward, you’ll receive notification on your phone. It will confirm a sign-in attempt made from another device. If you want to log in, tap “Yes.” Otherwise, you can ignore the notification. This can prevent unauthorized log in. What if you didn’t make the attempt? In that case, you can simply ignore the notification.

So, who will get the most benefit from this feature?

  • Those who hold their phones nearby.
  • Those with complicated passwords. These passwords are usually difficult to type and remember.
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Are those the only benefits of this feature? Well, I think you already know the answer. Google won’t give you something so simple. (We even started to think they like Microsoft. Do you remember GodMode feature?) They love making breakthrough. One of them is this feature. Our password is not the only problem here. Cyber security still becomes our top concern. No one is safe from cyber threat.
Now, here is the question. What does Google want to do about cyber threat?
Phishing. That is the answer. Google has been focusing on this subject for so long. You may not realize it, but there are people who watch everything you type. These people try to steal your passwords. Then, they use it to hack your accounts. In some cases, they even steal your credit card pin. The worst thing they can do? Who knows? Just imagine it and they probably have done it.
Don’t think it is impossible. Those things you just read really happens. They happen before your eyes. So, It will also keep you from phishing.
By keeping your hands away from keyboard. Phishing records everything you type. So, avoid your keyboard. That if you want to stay safe from phishing. Don’t use your keyboard while entering sensitive information. If you have touchscreen, use it. But if you don’t, use this Google new feature. You only tap. 100% free from keyboard. That is how it works.

The Test Group

Some people were invited to join this project by Google. They joined a test-group called “Sign-In Experiments at Google.” You can find the group here. (P.S: only members can see the contents)
We tried to confirmed this group with Google. Here is what the company said:
“We 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.” 

Google confirmed it. That made us even curious. How does it feel to be inside?

An anonymous member reached us. He told us everything you want to know.

First, you got an email invitation. You must accept the invitation to join the group. Once inside, you will get a welcome email. This email explains general explanation of this project. There is one interesting part in the email, however. The project, as it is said in the email, is meant create a password-free sign in. But, if you choose, you can still keep using your password.

Also, we found this. Once inside, Google may ask for your password. This may seem a bit suspicious, especially when everyone still concerns about cyber security. But, Google confirmed it. Their password will not be shared. It will be only used to unlock their accounts. In case you don’t know, this only happens after Google detected suspicious log in attempt. In other means, Google protects everyone privacy. Even during this development stage. Some members even reported how Google helped them. Their phone was missing, back then. They tried to reach Google to report the case. Guess what happened next! Google recovered told them their password! All thanks to the ‘suspicious’ Google policy!

What if their phone is stolen or lost? Should they go back with password? Google provided a solution for this. There are two ways to secure your phone.

  • Use either Touch ID or screen lock on your smartphone. This will prevent anyone from unlocking your phone.
  • Use another device to sign into your account. Then remove account access from lost device.
Both these options can be turned any time. Also, the testers can leave the group if they are hesitate about the project or any of its step.
When we asked Google about the release date, the company refused to comment. The project itself is currently on progress on both Android and iOS. We hope that it won’t take long until we can say goodbye to our password.

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