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Google To Eliminate Passwords For Android Apps

Project Abacus, in last stage of trial, will employ secure biometrics to unlock devices.

Google is all set to roll out logins for Android apps that will replace passwords with biometrics, reports TechCrunch. Project Abacus, which Google announced last year, is in its final trial stage and employs a secure authentication system called Trust Score.

Daniel Kaufman, head of Google's research unit, at the recent Google I/O developer conference said Project Abacus technology could be available to Android developers via its so-called Trust API by the end of this year. Some "very large financial institutions” will start testing the API in June, Kaufman said.

Users will unlock devices or sign into applications based on a cumulative Trust Score derived from usage patterns calculated on the user’s current location, facial recognition, speed, voice, and typing style.

Project Abacus, says Google, has already been in testing trials at 33 universities.

For more details, see this article.

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5/25/2016 | 2:22:47 PM
Thanks to Google's research
Just one note; the only company that can resolve password issue is Google. They have enough knowledge base to identify a workable solution for this username-password pair problem.
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5/25/2016 | 2:20:01 PM
a cumulative Trust Score
 

" ... a cumulative Trust Score derived from usage patterns calculated on the user's current location, facial recognition, speed, voice, and typing style ..."

I wonders if there is any weighting on these, facial high, location is low for example.

 
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5/25/2016 | 2:17:15 PM
Re: Step in the right direction
"... end of password-keepers ..."

I hope so. There should have not been a start of password-keepers, they a big potential risk for the end users.
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5/25/2016 | 2:14:58 PM
Re: Step in the right direction
" ... false rejection rate ..."

I agree. This may be the main reasons users would get frustrated and give up.
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5/25/2016 | 2:13:27 PM
Project Abacus
I hope this would work but there are ten million different ways this could go wrong and not work for the regular users. Current location? Speed? These are big variables.
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5/25/2016 | 10:09:16 AM
Re: Step in the right direction
Interesting. Can this be the end of password-keepers such as Dashlane? If so, they had a very short life.
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5/25/2016 | 8:59:49 AM
Step in the right direction
This is defnitely a step forward in terms of security best practices considering how weak of a safeguard passwords are. The success of this however may be determined by the false rejection rate of the biometrics.
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