Google’s New Trust Score System

Google's New Trust Score SystemGoogle's New Trust Score System

Google is considering pushing conventional passwords out of the window very soon as they look to implement new ways for people to save and secure their data.

The search giant announced during their just-ended I/O conference last week that they were going use trust scores, which would help in checking whether a user was legitimate or not before they logged in into their accounts. The company hopes to deliver to Android devices soon, and will probably roll out the new password feature to a few of the very large financial institutions soon.

Head at ATAP Google, Dan Kaufman, said if all went well, the feature would be readily available for Android developers around the world.

The trust score method that Google intends to use is based on numerous user specific data points, such as the current location, facial recognition, and the typing patterns. Apps would require different scores from each other. For example, between a banking app and Instagram, the banking app would probably require a much higher score. Google intends to use the Trust API which will continuously run in the background and therefore can monitor to help give the apps the current trust score. Kaufman says:

We have a phone, and these phones have all these sensors in them. Why couldn’t it just know who I was, so I don’t need a password? I should just be able to work.

This might turn out to be a good feature considering the weakness of conventional passwords lately.

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