Debasmita Banerjee
Debasmita Banerjee
Instrumentation
25 May 2016

Google's New Authentication Technique To Save You From Remembering Passwords

The numerous accounts you have accross the web and the "one-account,access-all" vital Gmail, the core control element might be out of passwords in the literal sense. Google has something up their sleeves which they call as a potential replacement to tedious encryption protected passwords. This novel idea was first proposed in the Google I/O conference,2016 and as promised it proved to be a worthy successor to Google's last year showcase ATAP. This new project named "Trust API" could simply replace the passwords with your biological identity.

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The concept is simple, but much harder to execute. Daniel Kaufman, the leader of Google's ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects) wing has discussed his vision regrading security and enforcement customizing latest technology, that is currently under development in the incubation center. He talked about "Trust API", an enthralling futuristic way that was based upon natural signatures. It will track biometrics, i.e. it will use facial recognition, typing pattern matching and other unique identity factors to determine whether it's you or an imposter.

The system is already in use particularly in MOOCs and other websites where content privacy is a must. However, incorporating such high-end technology in mailing is definitely a really cool move. To "sign in" to your Google account and access your applications, you will only require your physical presence to attend to your phone.

Trust API running behind, it will judge your activities and present you a Trust score, based on which the apps would take further actions. The phone however will consistently watch your steps and determine whether or not you are the primary user of the phone. If the "Trust Score" falls down the threshold level user might face additional authentication questionnaires.

Ultimately, the application is more like Smart Lock but will provide much tighter integrated security. While accessing games it requires much less authentication whereas in case of banking apps and other transaction procedures, access requires a 2-phase lock system.
However whether the new authentication technique will unnecessarily complicate the system or offer relief is another argument, and only time will answer it.

Source: Google ATAP | MIT tech review

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