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The Future of User Authentication

Posted on 5.25.2016

Passwords seem to be top of mind recently, with Gigya recently claiming the end of the password, and now Google doing the same. 

Google has reportedly long been working on password-free login as part of its Project Abacus and it could arrive for consumers later this year (2016). 

Project Abacus essentially monitors a combination of various signals including typing and voice patterns, current location, facial recognition and more, determining a "Trust Score" in real-time to verify authenticity. 

Daniel Kaufman, head of Google's ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects) unit discussed the pitfalls of password-based authentication at I/O 2016 recently and how sensor-utilizing mobile phones are the future. 

Google has crafted a "Trust API" based on what it has learned from Project Abacus which will be made to a several select financial institutions starting in June and will be made available to Android developers by the end of the year. 

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