Google Authenticator

Google’s security team has released a report outlining why the password is no longer good enough for the Internet of today, according to a report from Wired.

With news of hacks becoming a staple in the newspaper over the past year or so (with Mat Honan’s epic¬†hack still at the forefront of our collective memory), it was an appropriate time for Google to conduct this study. They also conceive and consider multiple alternatives, such as the YubiKey. When you plug the USB key into a computer it will automatically log you into Google. They also spoke about possible NFC security implementations in their report. Envision a universe where all you have to do to login to a computer is to tap it with your phone. While similar implementations are at least many years away, the technology to do so exists even today.

As for today, what can you do to protect your online identity? For one, you can use the Google Authenticator app and enable 2-step authentication. This should make it significantly harder to access your account without authorisation. To check out the full report by Wired hit up the source link below.

Tanay Sood
Tanay is a sophomore at Rutgers University studying Business Analytics and Information Technology. A veteran prowler of the XDA forums, his current phone of choice is Nexus 4. You will usually find him scouring the web for new ROM's to flash or new sitcoms to watch.
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