Yesterday a Reddit user Rohil Paul reported to have received an early access invitation to securely login to his Google account without a password.
Apparently Google created a private test group – ”Sign-in Experiments at Google” – that is only available to a selected number of users Google invited to participate in the testing phase.
Google spokesperson confirmed this new experiment explaining: “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.”
Considering that passwords are generally the weakest link in account security, within the past year an increasing number of companies have started to implement two-factor authentication – LinkedIn, Amazon, Yahoo, Microsoft etc. But this alternative method to 2FA eliminates the need to enter a password altogether.
“You authorize your phone to allow you to log into your account. You go into a computer and type in your email. Then you get a message on your phone to allow the login. If you hit yes, the computer logs into your Google account without a password.” – explained Rohit in his Reddit message.
If you decide not to use this feature, there is still an option for a standard login by entering your password.