Google: Let's Get Rid of Passwords
Googlers experiment with new forms of security
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2013 3:05 PM CST
Password security: put a ring on it?   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Want to log into Gmail by tapping a ring on your computer? So do Google executives who consider passwords a weak form of security, Wired reports. Google Vice President of Security Eric Grosse and engineer Mayank Upadhyay say that so far, the company is trying out USB sticks that log users into a modified form of Google with a single mouse click. But wireless solutions may not be far off: "We’d like your smartphone or smartcard-embedded finger ring to authorize a new computer via a tap on the computer," they write in a new report.

Their goal: avoid nightmares like the one that befell Wired journalist Mat Honan, whose entire electronic life (Gmail, Twitter, iPhone, iPad, laptop) was taken over by hackers last year. Online crooks have also found ways around Google's two-step authentication, which sends users a new code by text message when anyone logs into an account on a new computer. But the Googlers admit that their solutions will "remain speculative until we’ve proven large scale acceptance." Only problem with the ring thing: Make sure to report it stolen the moment it's gone.

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Jan 21, 2013 5:46 AM CST
Good plan, we should make this happen.
Jan 21, 2013 12:25 AM CST
High Time somebody did something to end this tyranny of multiple passwords of minimum length containing special characters which have to be changed every few days.
Jan 20, 2013 10:17 PM CST
Who give a shit if a hacker logs into a Google -- or FB, or yahoo, etc. -- account. It's foooookin' GOOGLE. bank, brokerage, etc.......are heavily protected.