Google acquires a ‘sound-based password’ startup SlickLogin
Google has acquired yet another startup, this time an Israeli startup SlickLogin that provides a ‘sound-based’ password protection to your account. The news came when SlickLogin made its acquisition by Google public on their website.
SlickLogin verifies a user’s identity by generating an almost inaudible sound through your laptop’s speakers which is then captured by an app running on your mobile. The app sends a message to the site’s server which verifies your identity and you can then log in into your account.
‘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 2-step verification to everyone, for free – and they’re working on some great ideas that will make the internet safer for everyone. We couldn’t be more excited to join their efforts,’ states SlickLogin’s official website.
The startup has been acquired by Google in a million dollar deal. However, the details of the deal have not yet been disclosed. SlickLogin had been launched last year. As of now, the company has only three employees: Or Zelig (CEO), Eran Galili (CTO), and Ori Kabeli(VP R&D).
SlickLogin is a Two-Factor Authentication system which involves landing pages and actions other than typing passwords. Two-Factor Authentication systems like OTP (One Time Passwords) and text messages to mobile phones exist to confirm the user’s identity. But these are not cost-effective solutions. Sending password to users via text messages is costly. SlickLogin overcomes this drawback of other Two-Factor Authentication systems by generating a high frequency sound and establishing user’s identity through an app in their mobile phones.