Or, Ori and Eran, plus Dori, Nori and Oin, unite against passwords

Wednesday, 19 February, 2014

“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.” That’s what Or, Ori and Eran posted on their site on Monday. The Israeli start-up has created technology that allows websites to verify a user’s identity by using sound waves. How does it work? By playing a uniquely generated, almost-silent sound through computer speakers that is picked up by an app on the user’s smartphone. The app then analyses the sound and sends a signal back to confirm the user’s identity. The technology can be used either as an additional security layer or, and this is potentially huge, a replacement for a password.

The Google acquisition coincides with a grassroots initiative called the Petition Against Passwords, which was started by people who want to get rid of passwords altogether:

“The mission of the Petition Against Passwords is to collect every frustrated yell at forgotten passwords and make sure the organizations responsible hear them. This movement is working on behalf of every person who has ever had their identity stolen, their password leaked, or been confused just trying to remember passwords and PINs for multiple sites.”

And so say all of us. We’re joined in our detestation of passwords and PINs by Dori, Nori, Ori, Kili, Gloin, Oin Fili, Dwalin, Bombur, Bofur, Bifur, Balin and Thorin Oakenshield.

Petition Against Passwords

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