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Google seeks to replace passwords with NFC-enabled smartphones

Posted on Tuesday, January 22 2013 @ 14:21:07 CET by

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FUD Zilla reports Google is experimenting with replacing passwords by using smartphones with an integrated NFC-enabled security device. In this scenario, current passwords will still exist but only as a less important, second level of protection.
The search engine has had enough of people finding passwords and filling the world with spam, also having to constantly remind users what their password is. Apparently Google Vice President of Security Eric Grosse and Engineer Mayank Upadhyay said that passwords and simple bearer tokens such as cookies are no longer sufficient to keep users safe.

Their cunning plan is to use smartphones armed with an NFC enabled security device. This would mean that you could sign in to Gmail or authorize a computer to use. The downside of this idea is that if you lose your smartphone someone would have access to your computer.



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