Or rather, the reincarnation of passwords. It doesn’t take a security expert to see the flaws the exist in traditional passwords: they need to be remembered, can easily be stolen or cracked, and generally multiple variations or complete unique passwords need to be made to manage an individual’s social, financial, or business accounts.
That’s where the team of SlickLogin was trying to make big changes: by emitting an almost-inaudible tone from a computer when logging-in, a user would hold their smartphone to the speaker, hear the tone, and send the credentials to the requested form or app.
This way, 2-step authentication via a code sent to your phone via text is obsolete, and the use of your private credentials to log-in somewhere requires your very presence, and your trusty smartphone.
The details of the acquisition (i.e. how much, why, what’s going on) haven’t truly been revealed by either company, but at the very least, Google is continuing its journey in finding out new ways of protecting information, as their researchers have done in the past.