Google has acquired SlickLogin, a startup developing the use of sounds as passwords.
The Israeli-based firm confirmed that its team was joining Google, with rumours estimating that the deal for the company – which was started less than a year ago – was worth “several million”.
SlickLogin’s primary concept is the use of a cloud-based two-factor authentication security solution.
The basis of the research is the use of a user’s smartphone to play an ultrasonic noise that is then detected by a computer and used to confirm the user’s identity – replacing systems such as text message authentication codes and code generators.
The company consists of three employees – Or Zelig, Eran Galili and Ori Kabeli – and is yet to release a completed product, the technology remaining in closed beta as of yet.
“We started SlickLogin because security measures had become overly complicated and annoying,” said the firm in their announcement of the acquisition.
“[Google] shares our core beliefs that logging in should be easy instead of frustrating.”
“We couldn’t be more excited to join their efforts.”