Published on : Feb 17, 2014
Internet giant Google has announced the acquisition of SlickLogin, a start up based on Israel that specializes in sound-wave based user identification for websites. This technology works by creating an almost silent sound that’s uniquely generated through the speakers of the user’s computer. This sound data is collected by an app that is installed on the user’s smartphone. The app collects the sound, analyses it and sends a signal confirming the identity of the user.
This technology can be used either as an additional security layer over and above a conventional password, or as an unconventional replacement for a password.
While the acquisition deal was confirmed by SlickLogin on its website, it did not offer any specifics pertaining to the financial details of the same. The announcement on the website said that Google shared the same core beliefs as SlickLogin about the ease and effectiveness of authenticating a user.
According to the statement, Google was the first company that offered its users a two-step authentication system. Today, there are several firms worldwide, especially those in the financial sector, that offer two-step authentication. Typically, in such a system the first step includes keying in the right username and password, followed by a second verification layer that could be in the form of a one-time pin (OTP) that is sent on the mobile number linked to the user’s account. There are other companies that issue password-generating gadgets that generate a unique code each time. This code needs to be keyed in by the user to authenticate his or her identity.