To function in our highly interconnected world (and to work online), you usually need a few key things: WiFi connectivity (plus a WiFi enhancing gadget), a laptop with it鈥檚 gorg carrying case you DIYed yourself and above all, your trusty Google password. After all, this secret string of characters offers access to your whole online life 鈥 but perhaps not for much longer! Rumor has it that the Internet giant is testing a new method for users to log in to their Google accounts, and get this: There鈥檚 no memorization involved.


A Google spokesperson told The Verge that the company has 鈥渋nvited a small number of users鈥 to test a new, simplified way to login. 鈥淧izza,鈥 鈥榩assword,鈥 and 鈥123456鈥 鈥 your days are numbered鈥 says a Google spokesperson, because in the future, all you will need to authenticate yourself in Google is your smartphone.

After authorizing your mobile device, you would be able to input your login credentials and then receive a smartphone notification. In order for mobile authentication to work, your device would need to have the screen lock security feature so that you can unlock your phone and then approve (or deny) access to the Google account. Google suggests that despite its already 鈥渞obust two-step authentication鈥 approach, the password-free approach may help prevent hacking or password phishing attempts that are designed to steal your data.

But if you鈥檙e a little suspicious about the new approach, or perhaps you dreamed up the perfect Google password and can鈥檛 bear to part with it, you鈥檙e still in luck. Google will apparently continue to offer the option to log in via password for users that prefer the old-school technique. In addition, if you lose your device, Google鈥檚 email to test users indicates that you would be able to deactivate that device before it gets into the wrong hands. You can even add a new device when you upgrade your mobile.

Hey, we鈥檒l take any excuse we can get to upgrade our phones!

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(h/t The Verge)