Google Acquires Sound Authentication Start-Up SlickLogin

By Prarthito

Companies such as Google and Apple can easily be tagged as futurists and innovators for the kind of technologies both these firms look to integrate in any new device they look to release. Now Google has gone a step ahead by acquiring Israeli sound authentication start-up SlickLogin.

Slicklogin, as we mentioned before, is an Israeli start-up with a certain technology that allows websites to recognize a user's identity by making use of sound waves. The technology, itself, works by playing an exclusively generated, almost-silent sound via computer speakers, which is then picked up by an app on the user's smartphone. The app then analyzes the sound and sends a signal back to confirm the person's identity.

Google Acquires Sound Authentication Start-Up SlickLogin


"We started SlickLogin because security measures had become overly complicated and annoying. Our friends thought we were insane, but we knew we could do better. So we set out to improve security while still making it simple for people to log in," the official page states.

"Today we're announcing that the SlickLogin team is joining Google, a company that shares our core beliefs that logging in should be easy instead of frustrating, and authentication should be effective without getting in the way."

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"Google was the first company to offer 2-step verification to everyone, for free - and they're working on some great ideas that will make the internet safer for everyone. We couldnt be more excited to join their efforts," it adds.

Making use of a two-step verification isn't something new nowadays with financial services such as banks adopting the policy a long time ago. These steps include matching the user name and the password of the user, alongside a second layer of verification.

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With a technology such as that of SlickLogin, however, chances are high that such kind of innovation can either arrive as a final replacement to the current password system or act as a second layer of identification after the password.

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