Passwords are annoying. Resetting a password is even more annoying. Many companies are trying to do away with passwords altogether. The Nymi bracelet, for example, uses your own heartbeat as a password.
Over the weekend, SlickLogin, a company dedicated to doing away with typed passwords, was purchased by Google. Here is what the company said:
We started SlickLogin because securitymeasures had become overly complicated and annoying.
Our friends thought we were insane, but we knew we could do better. So we set out to improve security while still making it simple for people to log in.
Today we’re announcing that the SlickLogin team is joining Google, a company that shares our core beliefs that logging in should be easy instead of frustrating, and authentication should be effective without getting in the way. Google was the first company to offer 2-step verification to everyone, for free – and they’re working on some great ideas that will make the internet safer for everyone. We couldn’t be more excited to join their efforts. — Or, Ori & Eran (The SlickLogin team)
From what we can tell, the SlickLogin technology is similar to the bracelet technology we mention above in that you simply place your smart phone near the device you want to log into to gain access. The company also says that the patent-pending technology, which uses high-frequency sound waves inaudible to the human ear, will be military grade. The amount of the purchase is undisclosed as of yet.