Google Continues Push Against Passwords reports Click Studios
Open-source projects hold hope for more secure future
An upcoming research paper by Google's Eric Grosse, who stands as vice president of security, and Mayank Upadhyay, a Google engineer, will be out by the end of the month. In the paper, it promotes Google's ongoing R&D around getting rid of passwords. At minimum the company seems hellbent on minimizing the use of passwords.
The research is a hardware authentication device that is built by Yubico, and a protocol that will link the finger-ring devices to the websites. The device is only the latest experiment in a long line handled by Google, which is working on creating a stronger master key/password, which eliminates a user's bloated cache of weak and reused passwords.
There have been multiple attempted experiments by Google that have been made public, while others have remained hush-hush. The positive aspect of the Google work is that the company has committed to allow its intellectual property creations to be put up for adoptions.
For now, the company is doing what it can to stick with its plan and relinquish ownership of technology being developed, which is a strategic move considering the uproar it makes about propriety legality.
The research done by Grosse and Upadhyay mentions protocol developed for device-based authentication, while the IP will end up in standards body, potentially the Internet Engineering Task Force.
In addition to that exciting potentiality, Google Authenticator, which has a second factor authentication technology for mobile devices, had been developed as an open-source project. The unit utilizes the Initiative for Open Authentication (OATH) and HGMAC-Based One-Time Password technology.
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