Google buys security startup SlickLogin

Google hopes the need for a user to login every time they visit a website could soon be a thing of the past, after the search giant acquired Israeli security startup SlickLogin.
Written by Aimee Chanthadavong, Contributor

Israeli startup SlickLogin has announced on its website that it has been acquired by Google. The company has been working on a smart identification technology that uses high-frequency sound waves in an aim to streamline the authentication login processes for users.

While the technology has never been released, SlickLogin said its technology operates through a users' smartphone and requires no complex interactions; users just have to place their phone next to their tablet or laptop and will be able to log in.

The company was founded a year ago by Or Zelig, Eran Galili, and Ori Kabeli, who are all recent graduates of the Israel Defence Force's cybersecurity unit, and have all spent more than six years working on information security projects.

SlickLogin said the decision to join Google fits in with its company value to find easier ways to allow users to log in without any frustrating authentication processes.

"Google was the first company to offer two-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 SlickLogin team wrote on its website.

The value of the acquisition has not been disclosed.

SlickLogin joins a line-up of startups that have recently been acquired by Google. In January, the tech giant added Impermium, a company that focused on controlling spam and eliminating fraud and web abuses online, to its portfolio.

Google recently purchased smart device creator Nest for $3.2 billion, which saw Google gain 100 ex-Apple employees.

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