22 Jan 2013

Google Plans to replace Passwords with Smart Chips

Search giant Google is set to kill off passwords and is experimenting with USB keys,mobile phones and even jewelry that can act as a physical key to give users access to their account.The firm's security experts including an Indian are set to publish their findings next month,the Daily Mail reported.In the upcoming issue of IEEE Security & Privacy Magazine, Google Vice President of Security Eric Grosse and engineer Mayank Upadhyay will detail what is basically a physical key with a 'smart chip' embedded inside it.

Along with many in the industry, we feel passwords and simple bearer tokens such as cookies are no longer sufficient to keep users safe," the pair write in their paper, according to Wired.To log, users simply place the tiny Universal Serial Bus USB drive into their computer.The firm is also believed to be experimenting with wireless chips that are already built into some mobile phones, and can even be built in jewelry.

We'd like your smartphone or smartcard-embedded finger ring to authorise a new computer via a tap on the computer, even in situations in which your phone might be without cellular connectivity, the team writes.One option uses a tiny USB key called a YubiKey.When the user plugs the key into a latop, they are automatically logged into all of their Google accounts  without ever having to type in a password, they explain.

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