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Google taking first steps towards scrapping e-mail passwords

Emma Clark

Published 23/12/2015 | 10:26

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Google has invited some e-mail users to try out a new system of logging in using their smartphone instead of a traditional password.

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Google is trialing a new feature that may do away with passwords for e-mail altogether. Instead, users will sign into their accounts using their smartphone.

Invites are being rolled out right now to participate in this feature's early-access program. Reddit user rp1226 was invited to try it out and he posted a thread that details the setup and sign-in process, complete with images and Google's Q&A.

To use your phone instead of a password, you need to authorise your phone to log into your account, and then when you try to log in from another device you'll get a message on your smartphone to allow the login. If you hit yes, rp1226 says, the computer then logs into your Google account without a password.

This method comes with its own security concerns. Google recommends equipping some sort of security measure on your smartphone. Google reassures those using this new system that if their phone gets lost or simply runs out of battery they can just enter passwords manually as normal.

It's unclear what smartphones will work with this new login method. The Reddit user mentioned that they were using the Nexus 6P.

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