Google acquires SlickLogin and its sounds-as-passwords technologyAlex Wagner - Editorial Director of News and Content
Apparently Google is in a wheelin' and dealin' kind of mood this year. After buying Nest and selling Motorola in January, it's been confirmed today that Google has acquired sound-based password company SlickLogin.
The deal was confirmed by an announcement posted to the SlickLogin website. The company explains that Google was the first to offer free 2-step verification for free and that it's got some more "great ideas" in the works. "We couldn't be more excited to join their efforts," says the three-person SlickLogin team.
SlickLogin aimed to improve the security of passwords while also making them simpler to enter. The firm's login process worked like this: When a user visited a website that needed a password, a unique and near-silent sound would be played through his or her speakers. Then a smartphone with a special app with the necessary login credentials could be used to detect the sound and send back a signal to confirm the user's identity.
Passwords can certainly be a pain to remember and enter, and while services like 1Password and LastPass can make passwords easier to manage, passwords in general can just be a bit of a pain. SlickLogin's sound-based password system sounds like a fresh and interesting change to the login methods that we're all accustomed to. It's too early to say right now when or if we'll see SlickLogin's tech utilized by Google, but this deal is could be worth getting excited about if you've grown tired of the traditional password.