Within the next month, Google is set to begin testing an alternative to passwords in a move to eliminate the need for complicated logins and passwords.
Unveiled at the Google’s I/O conference, called “Trust API”, and will initially be tested with “several very large financial institutions” in June, which is certain to either make or break this concept. Obviously Google has a high level of confidence in this software development.
Daniel Kaufman, head of Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group (where Trust API was first created under the codename Project Abacus) said they want to eliminate passwords not through one super-secure replacement, but rather by mixing together multiple weaker indicators into one concrete validation of your identity.
It’s slated to use more biometric indicators, such as your face shape and voice pattern. Along with a few less obvious ones: like how you move, type or swipe on the screen.
Trust API will be continually running in the background of the Android phone, it can keep track of whether those indicators match how it knows you use your phone. Talk about Big Brother!
Our prediction is that this system will not be as widely used, and won’t be deployed as the go-to way to access a device, login, or program authenticator for some time. Although this is the first step in the right direction, there are also several hurdles that need to be crossed, and several key issues that will need to be solved in order for Trust API to truly be the success it’s been predicted by many to become.