Google beta testers are logging on without passwords, utilizing a new method that authenticates by responding to a notification sent to a smartphone.
The test, reported by Techcrunch, follows Yahoo's approach with its recently launched “Account Key.” The phone notification then automatically opens an app, allowing the user to approve the login.
Password-free logins will be applauded by users who complain about the hassle of constantly changing passwords that are often viewed by IT professionals and hackers alike as major security vulnerabilities.
Google's new login methodology streamlines the process, although users still need to input an email address to sign into a Google account. All that it then takes to gain access is a tap on “yes.”
The new system would work across platforms and devices, so that once a smartphone gains access so would the user's laptop.