Google appreciates the alternative approach SlickLogin

Google has put his hand on the Israeli based startup company SlickLogin, who developed an authentication system based on the transfer of secure ultrasound keys between PC and Smartphone.

“Passwords are dead so we need to find more innovative solutions”, through the voice of its cyber security expert Heather Adkins. Google had set the tone in September 2014 during the TechCrunch conference.

The Internet Group formalized the purchase of Israeli startup company SlickLogin, who had distinguished at the event by presenting an authentication system based on ultrasonic communication between PC and Smartphone. Launched on the occasion in private beta (about 400 people registered), the solution in question is designed to integrate into any application or on a web page, just by adding a few lines of code.

The goal is to strengthen computer security without complicating the identification process. Its principle is using Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC or QR codes to determine the location of a mobile phone and send it via the loudspeakers or the PC where the user wants to connect, ultrasound, inaudible for human ear. Thereof is captured at microphone, and then treated with a mobile application that maps and triggers authentication.

The system can complement office torque username / password or substitute well. All streams are transferred with encryption to prevent such attacks “man-in-the-middle”. In addition, each of the signals communicated is unique and perishable: it only works a time T (therefore no need to try to save it).

The origin of SlickLogin, a team of three engineers all from the rank of the Israel Defense Force (IDF), where they worked as system engineers including contribution to the development of military infrastructure protection devices. The current CEO Zelig started his company in the field of IT security in October 2012, named as Retheos specialized in reverse engineering tools.

Like his associates (CRO Eran Galili and Vice President of R&D Ori Kabeli), it will join the Google team in Tel Aviv (Israel) to continue the development of its solution with a short-term perspective: allow free operation for next Smartphones.

Google also crawls in parallel with other ways to rethink authentication: hardware tokens (USB Key Yubikey), biometrics or Motorola technology to recognize users by contact with a device on an embedded device.