Google may replace passwords with an ID ring

21/01/2013

Rather than having to remember an array of complex passwords, Google is looking at introducing a ring that consumers can use to identify themselves securely online.

Security experts have outlined the possibility of embedding a physical token inside smartphones or a piece of jewellery, as passwords have increasingly been said to be insecure and impractical.

"Along with many in the industry, we feel passwords and simple bearer tokens such as cookies are no longer sufficient to keep users safe," the vice president of security at Google Eric Grosse and engineer Mayank Upadhyay will say in an upcoming engineering journal, according to Wired.

They explained that they are looking to a situation where to gain authorisation, users just have to tap on a computer with a smartphone or smartcard-embedded finger ring, even without being connected to the internet.

One possible solution is the YubiKey, a tiny cryptographic USB stick that can replace passwords, which Mr Grosse and Mr Upadhyay used in their experiments.