Google Inc (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced on Thursday the company is testing a new procedure that would allow users to sign into their Google accounts without needing to type a password.
The tech giant lead by Sundar Pichai invited a few users to be part of the trials of a new method that seeks to authenticate the logging just by touching over a notification sent to the users’ smartphones.
“We’ve invited a small group of users to help test a new way to sign-in to their Google accounts, no password required. ‘Pizza’, ‘password’ and ‘123456’—your days are numbered.” said a Google spokesperson to TechCrunch.
Previously, Yahoo! had launched a similar method called “Account Key”, the system works with an app that permits users to add all their accounts from yahoo to the app, and when they try to access to the site they can touch a button that sends a push notification to their phone, where they will just need to touch a ‘yes’ button to approve the access to the account.
What Google wants to implement is similar, users will just need to write their email address when signing into their Google accounts and a notification that will request the approval will show up in their phones.
Users appear to be comfortable with the new method that is in trials, most of the time people use the computer close to their phone, also users with complicated passwords would have an alternative faster way of accesing to their accounts.
Users have said that if they leave their phone unattended for a couple of minutes someone can authorize a login from a computer they control, however the new method can only function in phones where unlock codes or fingerprints are needed to access to the phone.
Most Tech companies have been updating the security methods to use their products and services in the last years. Two years ago Apple introduced a fingerprint system called Touch ID to unlock their phones, Samsung followed the same security measures.
Google also updated its password recovering system and now it has a two-factor authentication that requires a code sent to a phone since thousands of photographs from famous people were published by hackers that could access their accounts.
In November Microsoft announced two new Lumia models that have iris recognition capability, the new technology works with the “Hello” biometric security system that uses an infrared scanner to permit users to use their phones, while saying their names like an assistant after scanning their eyes.