Google’s Plan to Password-Free Login is Moving Forward
If Google’s password-free login – Project Abacus becomes successful this summer, then the conventional passwords will soon be a thing of the past on the Android devices.
The project stems from the idea that humans are not very good at remembering passwords, but they’re quite good at simply being themselves.
Last week, Google has confirmed at I/O that it’s pushing ahead with plans to replace passwords with “trust scores”.
Assuming it goes well, this will become available to every Android developer around the world by the end of 2016.
It’ll be up to those developers to decide whether Google’s method is reliable enough to replace traditional password, fingerprint log-ins and PIN.
How will password-free login work?
The trust score is based on various user-specific data points, including typing patterns, current location and facial recognition.
Certain apps can require different scores.
For instance – A banking app might need a higher trust score than Instagram.
The Trust API will always run in the background of your device, monitoring its sensors and information so that it can provide apps with the current trust score.
So instead of asking for a password, Abacus will analyze how you type and speak, and combined with other signals from the sensors in your phone, calculates the probability that you are who you say you are.
That probability will be known as a “Trust Score”.
API’s release depends upon a successful trial on several large financial institutions next month.
However, this appears to be a promising research, especially considering how terrible traditional passwords are, even when they’re coupled with two-factor authentication.