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Google wants to do away with logins on the Internet

By Shawn Knight ยท 17 replies
Sep 18, 2012
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  1. Keeping track of multiple logins for various sites visited on the net can be a serious chore, especially if you have a different username / password at each destination. I've personally had to resort to physically writing down my credentials...

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  2. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +74

    How would they make this secure? Keeping the same log in id on my Techspot forum account as my bank doesn't seem to smart in my opinion.

    One password to steal them all.
  3. ghasmanjr

    ghasmanjr TS Booster Posts: 363   +86

    With touch screens or cameras, a fingerprint recognition or facial recognition system wouldn't be too difficult and the latter would be almost impossible to copy unless you have one of those mask generators from Mission Impossible. I think hacking an account is easier than getting ahold of one of those lol.
  4. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,633   +695

    What ghasmanjr said - fingerprint device (which is on almost every keyboard now) or eye/face recognition.

    But of course it would be problematic if you were traveling or on someone else's computer that didn't have those read devices.

    Regardless, I think it's hella good idea. I'd LOVE to be able to do away with all the log-ins I engage with during the day.
  5. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 846   +102

    Google won't let you password reset with a previous password, which is ridiculous. There are several petty accounts I care nothing about and like to use simple anagrams for, but if I have to reset I have to come up with some other thing. Especially if I have two-step verification, my weak passwords shouldn't be an issue, so let me use my old dumb passwords google! You are creating difficulties with logins.
  6. ReederOnTheRun

    ReederOnTheRun TS Booster Posts: 304   +62

    I'm perfectly content keeping categories of passwords. separate passwords for bank accounts, forums/common websites, email accounts, and random stuff I don't care about. If you just find a good one (depending on its use) you can just change it a little as needed and never really forget passwords again.
  7. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,549   +235

    Nah, just make a password scheme!!!

    ...something specific so you remember. Doing this has saved me lots of hassle.

    Your scheme should consist of two parts, one constant for every password, and one specific to that website. A different password for every account is the most secure way to go.

    The first part, consistent (or not), will be the part you should change every 6 months or so, or whenever you feel a password is out of date. The second part, well I explained already, specific to the site.

    I also like ReederOnTheRun's idea, categories for each site.... this could be considered your 'site-specific' part of your password though.

    Dont email yourself your own passwords.

    Dont use your pets name and part of your birthday as your password. (anyone willing to comment if I nailed what YOU are currently using for your password?) lol

    Good luck, and dont let Google take away your log in credentials. Just another thing getting taken away, and convincing people it's a good thing.
  8. One Ring to rule them all,
    One Ring to find them,
    One Ring to bring them all
    and in the darkness bind them.
  9. PinothyJ

    PinothyJ TS Guru Posts: 451   +21

    What, is LastPass suddenly out of operation?
  10. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 997   +93

    Who do they think they are Facebook?
    Neojt likes this.
  11. Just a few thoughts...
    I have the same 3 user names for all of my accounts (Depending on if the name is already taken for a specific website).

    I have a set of 5 different passwords. No matter where I have an account, its going to be one of five different passwords. Some of them are phrases that I like, others have capitals and numbers to qualify for different password requirements. Again, no matter what, I use one of five passwords for my different accounts.

    And if you cant remember your account name(s) and passwords, then perhaps you shouldn't be on the internet anymore. My parents have made multiple lists of passwords, and they always loose the piece of paper with them on. If they loose it, someone can easily break in.
  12. Darkshadoe

    Darkshadoe TS Guru Posts: 571   +112

    Welcome to Google ULTRA login.

    Step 1: Please deposit: A) A DNA sample, B) A sperm sample (males only please) and C) sample of last bowel movement in your DvD tray.

    Step 2: Place right eye in retinal Identifier.

    Step 3: Place hand on Fingerprint Identification reader

    Step 4: Turn on microphone and sing the entire 17 minute version of "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" for voice recognition.

    Step 5: Retype the CAPTCHA letters you see - MKcnsK4az89GHnwqxXXndsZ7g94MnsidOWnwiTHOPPyAYouKNowME


    Welcome to Gmail. You have one unread message.


    It has come to our attention that you or your clone has illegally downloaded several Justin Beiber mp3s.....
  13. MarkHughes

    MarkHughes TS Addict Posts: 120   +61

    That was my first thought. I use LastPass and log into dozens of sites a day without issue, Just have the one (Rather complex) password which is written down. It even offers to generate new passwords for new sites.

    Don't people like that solution ?
  14. I just use KeePass. I wouldn't trust Google to manage all my passwords- they just want to know what I buy, where I buy it, and what I look at.
  15. Microsoft already does this sort of thing with LiveID or wharever it is called now. You can log into Windows 8 with it and it will automatically log you into sites by passing a token rather than any actual credentials.

    The only annoyance is that I often do testing on software as a number of users and you find that all sites follow the login to the last site you changed credentials on.

    That aside, if they can force stong passwords it will work very well.

    Google must have something similar for Android.
  16. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,839   +1,183

    They just need a piece of software that will interact with Chrome to automatically fill in your passwords. You log into this software using a password and an authenticator (either physical or a smartphone app) They make you reauthenticate once a week/month or whatever.

    The problem would be making it work with all the different types of webpage technologies login fields use.
  17. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,863   +1,183

    Google's solution: acquire every single of the most active account-using sites on the internet.
  18. Honestly, how long does it take to log in with a password????

    The way they talk, it slices away hours from my workday. In reality, I probably lose two minutes, by the end of the day, from logging into websites.

    Thanks, but no thanks. I'll take the old way any day, over some universal attempt to take over the world login to every website.

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