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Google Acquires Israeli Security Startup SlickLogin 55

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Fnord666 writes "SlickLogin, an Israeli startup and developer of smart identification technology through user smartphones has been acquired by Google for several million (the official transaction amount remains undisclosed). SlickLogin was founded under a year ago by Or Zelig, Eran Galili and Ori Kabeli. The company first unveiled its technology at TechCrunch Disrupt held last September. The company has yet to launch their product."
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Google Acquires Israeli Security Startup SlickLogin

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  • The Big, Bad Wolf (Score:3, Informative)

    by dotslashit (3539763) on Sunday February 16, 2014 @09:08PM (#46263079)
    "Goodness, what big eyes you have!" "The better to see you with, my dear." SlickLogin's technology uses a combination of protocols to start the authentication process. WiFi, Bluetooth, or QR codes – to name a few – are used to verify that, yes, a user's smartphone is located somewhat near one's active desktop or laptop computer. Use this and Google will be able to identify and tie your id with both your computer and your smartphone ... It's all about whoring the online you to their advertisers.
  • Re:Interesting (Score:4, Informative)

    by icebike (68054) on Sunday February 16, 2014 @10:01PM (#46263333)

    Seems mostly aimed at Two Factor Authentication, not dissimilar to the way Google Authenticator [google.com] works without having to type anything into your phone.

    Currently Google's 2FA uses you phone as a synced clock displaying numbers which you have to key in to your
    computer to log in.

    These guys revers that and you computer sends a QR code or a sound that your Cellphone authenticates and sends
    a response back through the network, via a separate path (tcp connection or sms message).

    Its pretty clever, as long as its paired with something else only you would know. It has the same problems
    that Google's current two factor has, namely that it is game over if someone steals your phone.

    I suspect they bought them more for the patents than anything else.

  • Re:The Big, Bad Wolf (Score:5, Informative)

    by icebike (68054) on Sunday February 16, 2014 @10:06PM (#46263353)

    Use this and Google will be able to identify and tie your id with both your computer and your smartphone .

    Yeah, well, Two Factor Authentication already used by Google already KNOWS the computer you are using, and the PHONE you are
    using.

    This adds no more information than you've already given them for Two Factor Authentication.

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