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No more passwords

Itís part of a trend towards building security and privacy into design, instead of making it the userís responsibility. Reports leading Science and Technology magazine, the New Scientist

     

YOUíVE been hearing it for years now it might really be happening: the password is almost dead.

At Googleís I/O developer conference, Daniel Kaufman, head of the companyís advanced technology projects, announced that Google plans to phase out password access to its Android mobile platform in favour of a trust score. This would be based on a suite of identifiers: what Wi-Fi network and Bluetooth devices youíre connected to and your location, along with biometrics, including your typing speed, voice and face.

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The phoneís sensors will harvest this data continuously to keep a running tally on how much it trusts that the user is you. A low score will suffice for opening a gaming app. But a banking app will require more trust.

 

 

Itís part of a trend towards building security and privacy into design, instead of making it the userís responsibility. Kaufman said that the method is better than two-factor authentication because it does not break down if a phone signal is unavailable. Developer kits will be available by the end of 2016.

November 10, 2016

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