Google trying new password system – good luck!

Google is testing a new non-password identification system. Rather than using a password, Google account users will receive a notification from their smartphone which will enable them to log in.

While aiming for improved security, this could take longer to log in. in addition, they can revert to a regular password setup when there is [for example] no network.

Google’s competitors, Yahoo and Microsoft, have also worked on improving security with various schemes.

For example, in Windows 10, Microsoft added Hello where you will see options for face, fingerprint, or iris if your PC has a fingerprint reader or a camera that supports it. Once you’re set up, you’ll be able to sign in with a quick swipe or glance.

While this is fun and dandy [some will like the modern technology feel of Hello – and think they are tech savvy], many will still use the standard password setup.

What makes things worse is that many users will still log in with the simplest passwords such as 123456 or password.

Some sites have offered two form authentications – similar to what Google is testing but in the end will revert to a simple password because it is faster, easier or less confusing.

May at least these sites should force their users to use a stricter password setup. For example, the Windows domain password restrictions [when fully enforced] makes it difficult to use easy passwords.

My smartphone has the option of unlocking by face or if I am at home [I guess anywhere with a number of feet of my home GPS location I could use my smartphone without using a password]. I was thinking of trying the latter but for some reason, my smart phone think I lived a block away – so that option went out the window.


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