Google Proposes Replacing Passwords with "Keys"

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Google Proposes Replacing Passwords with "Keys"

According to Wired, in a research paper to be published by the engineering journal, IEEE Security and Privacy Magazine, Google is looking to do away with conventional passwords.

The paper, penned by Google Vice President of Security Eric Grosse and engineer Mayank Upadhyay, covers a number of alternatives to those strings of characters we all struggle to remember from time to time.

In response to all of the hacking and spamming incidents of 2012, Grosse and Upadhyay propose password alternatives that utilize hardware like USB keys or smartphones.

One alternative Google is considering, is the small, key-like Yubico cryptographic card that can log a user into Google automatically once it is inserted into a USB port.

Another alternative involves using smartphones to automatically authorize new devices, like a new computer, to connect users to Google services.

Essentially, Google wants to replace your passwords with a piece of hardware that acts like a car key.

Grosse and Upadhyay’s research paper is set to be published later this month.