Google Developer Hints At Possibility Of An Internet Without Site Log-ins

Today in a post on his personal blog, Google developer Tim Bray wrote elliptically of a project he's working on that could -- if he means what I think he means -- radically change our experience of using the internet -- for the better.

"Logging in is annoying and slows you down. My job these days is mostly about reducing that pain, ideally to zero by eliminating it. Google really wants this to happen."

Logging in is annoying. Between your various online banking passwords and user names, Amazon, eBay, every social network you belong to, however many accounts you have with online retailers, it can be a nightmare trying to keep track of all your passwords and usernames.

Sure, it isn't so bad, now that more sites will ask if you'd like have them remember your password for future visits. But still.

What an would an internet free of log-ins would look like, exactly, it's difficult to imagine. Just how literally does Google want to execute this plan? At this point, it's all speculation off an early-stage project. But if Bray's post is any indication of where Google is in fact headed, we certainly have something to look forward to. [BGR]



    Right: So instead of log-ins they now want tracking cookies that know who and where you are regardless of what website you're looking at? I don't think so... I for one will not allow the sites I visit at work to be associated with the ones my kids might visit from home. This idea is not so much "evil" as 'greedy, grasping, dishonest, and intrusive'. Evil is just a shorter word for it...

      You're totally jumping to conclusions there.

      They would never use cookies - they're just tiny little easily manipulated files. Not very secure. A much better option would be something like using NFC (as another reader pointed out). That'd be pretty awesome, put your phone next to your computer, and all NFC-enabled websites automatically log in when you visit them. Something like that is probably more plausible (still crazy difficult though)

    could it be using NFC?

      That was my first thought. Google Wallet or a spinoff would hold your user id for each site.
      Perhaps with the 2 layer security you could have it require an NFC phone with linked Google Wallet to access the linked sites.
      A security option could be present that disabled the NFC requirement for devices that lack NCF functionality. Google Wallet runs in the background of your browser and each time you log on to your computer you enter your Wallet password, and all sites query that account for their user ids.

      Maybe I'm way off track?

      You can already use an NFC enabled YubiKey plugged into your computer and your phone's NFC together to access LastPass and not bother with remembering logins.

    Well my HP just tells me to swipe my finger on website I've already logged into manually before, so i dont need to type in usernames and passwords. If all computers could do that, it would be a start

    Here's a possible solution........ computers recognize YOU by your finger prints being touched on a touchpad, screen or mouse. The moment you let go of those it'll sign you off instantly while saving what you've done... then you'll sign back in once you're interacting with it.

    So in other words... you're only signed in when you're physically interacting with your device.

      Was thinking the same as Steven Hawkings. Or camera-enabled face identification etc.

    Certificates? They already exist.

    Sounds like automatic OpenID login...

    Sign in to Google, Google takes over your web pages during load and inserts some code, either working from the browser (Chrome) or in a similar way that Google handles images with the Google framework surrounding the webpage. Effectively becoming a password manager, but this would only work if you use Google to find the page you want..

    as long as it doesn't destroy the anonymity of the internet like facebook is currently trying to do.

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