Feb 16 AT 9:42 AM Alex Wagner 6 Comments

Google buys sound authentication company SlickLogin


Google is known for its two-step verification process that aims to help keep unwanted users from accessing user accounts. While it adds an extra layer of security to an account, two-step verification can be a little annoying since it requires the user to enter their login credentials as usual, then wait for a code to be sent to his or her phone and then enter it into their computer as well. There’s some good news today for folks that’ve grown tired of the traditional password and two-factor authentication, though, as Google has acquired SlickLogin and its unique sounds-as-passwords technology.

SlickLogin announced today on its official website that it has been snapped up by Google for an undisclosed amount. The three-person SlickLogin team teases that Google is “working on some great ideas that will make the internet safer for everyone” and that it “couldn’t be more excited” to join up with the Mountain View firm.

SlickLogin aimed to replace the traditional password with a new type of login process that used sounds to verify a user’s identity. In order to log in to a site or service, a user’s computer would play a near-silent sound that could be picked up using a special smartphone app that stored the user’s credentials. The phone would then send a signal back to the computer to verify the user’s identity and complete the login process.

There are several different kinds of systems and software out there that try to make the password management process easier, but even when using them, the login process that we’re all accustomed still gets kind of old. SlickLogin’s sound authentication technology sounds like a unique new method of password entry, and it’ll be interesting to see if Google ends up utilizing the tech as part of its “great ideas” for improved security.

Would you use SlickLogin’s sound-based login process over the traditional password system?

Via: TechCrunch

Source: SlickLogin

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