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Google’s Alternative to the Password


Google is using its workers as guinea pigs in an effort to do away with the password as the vulnerable lynchpin that secures everything from social media profiles to bank accounts.

In an upcoming paper from two senior Google employees that work on security – first brought to light by Wired – it is revealed that the company is considering how to make the password something used only rarely. Instead, trials involve people logging in simply by plugging in a compact USB key like the one picture above.

The Google authors, Eric Grosse, VP of security engineering and Mayank Upadhyay, a principal engineer who specializes in security, list many familiar reasons why passwords don’t cut it.  

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