Google set to kill passwords by end of this year with ‘Project Abacus’

Google’s new system will replace your password by monitoring how you use your phone
by Doug Bolton @DougieBolton Wednesday 25 May 2016
Typing long and complex passwords into your phone might soon be a thing of the past SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images

Google is set to begin testing a new login method which replaces passwords with a ‘trust-based’ system which monitors the way you typically use your phone.

The ‘Trust API’, part of ‘Project Abacus’, was unveiled at Google’s I/O developer conference, and is set to be tested by a number of large financial institutions in June, the Guardian reports.

The system is designed to be used on smartphones, and works by constantly checking for a number of personal indicators which can grant access to accounts or the phone itself.

Instead of asking for a password, the phone might analyse your face, your voice, how you type, how you swipe, how you move and where you are. All of these bits of data are fed into the API, which then generates a ‘trust score’ which indicates how likely it is that it’s actually you carrying the phone.

The idea is to make devices more secure. Someone could easily steal a password, but it would be much harder for them to mimic the unique way someone else uses their phone. Google believes a login system based on a combination of these factors could be 10 times more secure than a fingerprint scan.

This gives developers more levels of security to play with. A banking app, for example, might let you check your balance using only the Trust API. But when you have to transfer money or view more sensitive information, it might ask for more verification, like a fingerprint scan or a traditional password. This may make certain apps quicker and easier to use.

The testing phase will begin soon, but Google’s Dan Kaufman said it should be available to every Android developer by the end of the year if all goes well – meaning the days of having to remember multiple passwords for different accounts and devices might soon be over.





One Response to “Google set to kill passwords by end of this year with ‘Project Abacus’”

  1. ferryt says:

    Skynet is activated. Because typing in a 4 digit pin is so hard.

    “Hmmm can I borrow your phone?” perhaps the ‘trustAPI’ will accommodate this. Perhaps not.

    “If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place. If you really need that kind of privacy, the reality is that search engines — including Google — do retain this information for some time and it’s important, for example, that we are all subject in the United States to the Patriot Act and it is possible that all that information could be made available to the authorities.”

    Eric Schmit (Exec chairman of Alphabet/Google)
    Net worth 9 billion.

    ‘Celebrities’ are permitted ‘privacy’ however eh Eric?

    These people are insane.

    Developers aren’t that smart either. Why else would they lap up this bullshit?

    Please try using for searches. We need to start boycotting skynet aka Google. ‘Do no harm’. What a joke.

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