Google has introduced us to Project Abacus last year at its I/O conference in an effort aimed at killing passwords-based logins in favor of completely different system that takes into account various factors such as typing and walking patterns, locations, voice etc. Now that the Alphabet-owned company is planning to bring back the password-free system once again into Android apps. More details on this can be had below!
If Google does eliminate passwords in favor of systems that take into account a combination of signals, then Android device users will get rid of passwords by the end of this current year. About Project Abacus, which is a technology that uses machine intelligence to verify your identity-based on your unique using patterns.
The company has given a heads-up on the project today, revealing that the new password-free system will be made available to Android developers by 2016 end. Before the project goes live, it will be under testing at over 30 universities in the United States – will be tested by “several large financial institutions,” something which will happen by next month.
As per the head of Google’s research unit ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects) Daniel Kaufman offered a brief update regarding the status of Project Abacus, the system that opts for biometrics over two-factor authentication. With the new sign-ins for Android lets yo skip passcode and use patterns to verify your identity, and this service has already been approved for real world testing.
However, the service that runs continually in the background and keep collecting data in real-time following which it determines your Trust Score. Thgis score would be calculated using a variety of factors, including your typing patterns, current locations, speed and voice patterns, facial recognition, and other things.
Project Abacus is a bit different one. It runs in the background as mentioned above and collect the data about you to form a Trust Score, which is basically about how confident it is that you are who you say you are. If your sxore is low, apps could revert back to asking for passwords. ATAP had also suggests that apps could require different Trust Scores. Engineers in Google’s search and machine intelligence groups have since turned Project Abacus’s ideas into something called “Trust API,” could introduce more of a real-world change in how users interact with apps on their smartphones. This API is entering testing with banks starting next month.
Plus, the Trust API also offers a new way of securing the content in apps, for example, if anyone gained access to your phone and was able to unlock it, all the apps could be locked down automatically simple by determining that the person who entered your hardware by the software, was not you.