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Google takes on the traditional password with SlickLogin

The web giant purchased the Israeli startup over the weekend

Jim Kerr is Venture Publishing's Associate Director of Digital Initiatives. Get in touch with him at

Feb 19, 2014

by Jim Kerr

In the upcoming March issue of Alberta Venture, we examine why it’s such a great time to start a tech company, thanks in part to the Google’s of the world “acquiring innovation” at seemingly every turn.

Well, that continued this past weekend when Google bought up Israeli startup SlickLogin for an undisclosed amount.

CBC reports SlickLogin’s technology is built around replacing usernames and passwords, or at the very least, adding an additional layer of security to the login process. At the moment, Google’s two-step authentication involves entering your password, and then plugging in a unique code that is sent to your mobile phone.

With SlickLogin, that could change dramatically.

The system plays high-frequency sound waves from a computer’s speakers, which are picked up by the microphone of the user’s smartphone and used to confirm that person’s identity. If you’re worried about all that noise, don’t be – the ultrasonic sounds played by SlickLogin are inaudible to the human ear.

How this technology will factor into Google’s authentication process is unclear at the moment, but the fact that one of the world’s largest web companies is making password security a priority means you probably should too. You can read more about password security by clicking here.

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