The perfect authentication system has always been elusive, and that is because of the two contradicting factors that make or break authentication systems.
One is, of course, security. Security should be paramount for an authentication system, else hackers will be able to get access to things they shouldn’t. But at the same time, we must take into account another consideration: Convenience. Sure, you could have a gazillion different passwords that are incomprehensible and hard to remember and secured by multiple layers of encryption, but at the end of the day, most people just want a reasonably secure way of putting a lock on their stuff.
Google, understanding that there is a delicate balance to be maintained, has always been on the lookout for better authentication systems, and has now unveiled a variant of the two-factor authentication system that is much better than the original concept of two-factor authentication.
Two-factor authentication entails you entering a code that is sent to your phone, and this understandably is a hassle. Google’s solution just pops up a notification asking whether to accept or deny the login, which is much simpler than the archaic way of having to enter unique codes every time you wanted to log in.
What do you think?