Google wants to make password-less logins to the end of the year possible




Google wants before the end of the year give developers the ability to log users on Android devices without using a password. It’s called Project Abacus and runs continuously in the background to collect certain patterns.

These patterns function as a system to verify the identity of the user. Before it comes into the hands of developers, Google will first test the system with some “very large financial institutions” writes TechCrunch following a keynote address to the head of Google’s research ATAP, Daniel Kaufman, gave at Google I / O.

The patterns that the system uses Project Abacus, get out of the way of walking, location, way of typing and more. The project has already been introduced at Google I / O 2015 and had to go to make sure that it was no longer necessary for users to enter a password or PIN. The system makes use of biometric data in favor of two-factor authentication.

With Abacus Project allows users to unlock devices or log on to applications based on a cumulative or aggregate ‘Trust Score or confidence score. This score is calculated on the basis of several factors, including mode of type, location, speed of speech and specific properties of a person’s voice, face and other parts.

The Trust Score literally keeps track of how confident the system is whether a person is the person who says he is. If the system is not secure enough, it can rely on passwords or PINs. It may also be the case that applications require different Trust Scores. A banking application will require a higher score than a game.

The api arising from research within Project Abacus called the Trust API and will therefore be tested next month by some financial institutions. Kaufman hopes the project at the end of the year, far enough to be used by developers in their apps. The system can also work the other way around, ie if someone manages to gain unauthorized access to a phone, the system may feel that it is not the owner and some applications inaccessible.

The system was tested last year at 33 universities in 28 different states. It seems a bit on the Smart Unlock system that Google introduced last year at I / O. With Smart Unlock, an Android device are unlocked easy as it is in a safe area, for example, based on location or in combination with bluetooth.


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