Passwords are usually the weakest link when it comes to keeping your online accounts secure. Two-factor authentication is meant to strengthen the password login process but adding an extra step can be frustrating to some users (myself included). Yahoo has already launched a password-free method of logging into its email service and now Google is testing a new way for its users to sign into their accounts using mobile devices.
If everybody used complex passwords that are completely different for all online accounts then we wouldn't have a problem. Trouble is, most people stick with very basic password and often share them across multiple accounts. Google is looking to speed up the login process while keeping it secure with a password-free method all through a smartphone or tablet that has been authorised by an account holder.
The trial is currently invites-only but one Reddit member who is part of the program has documented the sign up and login process here.
How do you feel about the idea of getting rid of passwords? Let us know in the comments.
[Via The Verge]
This article originally appeared on Lifehacker Australia