Sunday 28 May 2017

Google is plotting a way to kill your email password

A woman walks past a logo of Google at the Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) 2015 in Beijing, China, April 28, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
A woman walks past a logo of Google at the Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) 2015 in Beijing, China, April 28, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Google is testing a way to let users log into their Google accounts using their phones for identification and bypassing the step of entering a password.

Google confirmed it is trialling the phone-only sign-in with a select group of users, after Reddit user Rohit Paul posted the discovery on Reddit yesterday.

"We've invited a small group of users to help test a new way to sign-in to their Google accounts, no password required," a Google spokesperson told tech website The Verge. "'Pizza', 'password' and '123456', your days are numbered."

Once a user authorizes their mobile device, they're able to input their account credentials on any computer and receive a notification on their smartphone.

A notification will then appear on their phone asking if someone is trying to sign in to the Google account. If you tap “yes,” the login is approved.

The device must have some type of screen lock security feature, as unlocking your phone is a prerequisite to approving or denying access to the account with this method.

Users can log on normally with their password if they prefer or if their phone battery dies. They can also remove that device’s ability to authorize account access if the phone is lost or stolen.

The service is currently an invite-only beta program on iOS and Android.

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