Google buys Israeli security firm SlickLogin

Summary:Could individual website logins become a thing of the past?

Google has made yet another acquisition, this time in a startup focused on cybersecurity.

Israel startup SlickLogin announced the purchase, made by Google, on its website -- although the tech giant has yet to confirm the deal.  SlickLogin is one of many companies working on making basic security better; specifically, it focuses on using high-frequency sound waves to take the complexity out of verifying user identities online.

While the technology has not been released, SlickLogin says that development has allowed the authentication process to work through mobile devices including smartphones, and it requires no passwords or complicated letter and number combinations. Instead, you place your phone next to your PC and are able to automatically log in.

The amount Google paid for the firm has not been disclosed.

Within the announcement, SlickLogin says:

"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.

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 couldn`t be more excited to join their efforts."

The company was founded by graduates of the Israel Defence Force's cybersecurity unit.

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

Topics: Innovation

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Charlie Osborne, a medical anthropologist who studied at the University of Kent, UK, is a journalist, freelance photographer and former teacher. She has spent years travelling and working across Europe and the Middle East as a teacher, and has been involved in the running of businesses ranging from media and events to B2B sales. Charli... Full Bio

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