Passwords can be forgotten, and while fingerprint sensors have made logging into apps and devices easier, Google sees a future where we don’t have to rely on either of them when we want to access things we use every day.
Google’s trust system is called Project Abacus, and it was developed within the ATAP division, where short-term projects are created. Google actually showcased Abacus at Google I/O last year, and TechCrunch reports that the company hasn’t forgotten about the technology at all. Quite the contrary, as it turns out Google plans to have Project Abacus ready for developers later this year.
With Abacus, users would no longer need to rely on their password, but instead a variety of other different methods or patterns as part of this “trust system.” That could include your typing speed, or voice, and your location. Abacus would use these things together to confirm your identify, instead of you needing to input your password.
Google says that multiple “very large financial institutions” are currently planning on running trials for Abacus beginning in June, which means it’s finally moving out of the university testing phase it has been in for quite some time.
As is generally the case with Google’s services and devices, there’s a certain degree of trust the user will have to hand over to Google for the feature to work. It will be interesting to see how much it takes, and if users are ready to give up their passwords in favor of this particular system.