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Android users will be able to access select Google services without a password

By Polycount · 4 replies
Aug 12, 2019 at 5:36 PM
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  1. Microsoft isn't the only tech company that is aiming to kill off password-based logins. Google is following suit now, albeit in a limited capacity. As reported by The Verge, the search giant has begun to let Android version 7 (and up) users verify their identity on some Google services (via Chrome) using non-password authentication methods.

    The authentication methods currently available will largely mirror the options you have when unlocking your phone. So, the list includes multi-digit PINs, fingerprints, and drawn patterns. Technically, the functionality can only be used to access one Google service for now: Chrome's built-in list of your saved passwords.

    However, the key part of this news is the confirmation that there's more to come. Google says that it plans to bring the alternate verification feature to more services in the future -- the functionality already has a dedicated Help page, which backs that claim up.

    Though we don't know exactly what other services will get this functionality, the likes of Gmail, G Suite, and perhaps even your personal Google Account settings page all seem like strong candidates. Password logins will still be available even with this feature in place, but these alternate options could prove more convenient and secure in the long run.

    If you want to try the new feature for yourself, just visit passwords.google.com using Google Chrome on your Android device -- you should see a pop-up that asks you to verify your identity.

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  2. lexster

    lexster TS Guru Posts: 531   +261

    No thanks. This sounds like a disaster waiting to happen.
    Godel likes this.
  3. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,584   +931

    You know what actual bad ideas were?
    A modular phone and a Linux computer for gaming.

    This login alternative is far from a bad idea - for now.
  4. lexster

    lexster TS Guru Posts: 531   +261

    Do tell!

    A modular phone is a great idea for particular use case scenario's.

    Considering a good portion of planet Earth games on Linux, that's hardly an accurate statement.

    Ok, sure.
  5. loki1944

    loki1944 TS Addict Posts: 178   +120

    Which one lets me watch that video of google brass saying they'll be more successful fixing the election next time?

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