Google has acquired Israeli startup SoundLogin for an undisclosed amount.
The startup has developed a new way of making logins more secure : A near silent sound is emitted by the computer’s speakers which is then picked up by the microphone and sent to the app. The app then verifies the unique sound and sees if it matches with the one in it’s database.
It may be used standalone or accompanied with passwords much like 2 step verification .
In 2 step verification , the website sends a unique code to the user’s phone number which the user has to enter if logging in from an unknown device. This is already pretty secure, but companies want more security for logging in. Also, there is a glaring vulnerability in 2 step verification : If a hacker somehow gains access to your account, he/she can change the phone number, rendering the 2 step verifivation virtually obsolete
SoundLogin posted on their website:
“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 two-step verification to everyone, for free – and they’re working on some great ideas that will make the internet safer for everyone.”