Google is working on a new “password-free” login method for Gmail to increase protection for its users against possible cyber-attacks. The feature will allow users to sign-in to their Google accounts through a verification code on their mobiles, bypassing the need to type a password.
The two-step mobile verification process was revealed by Rohit Paul, a beta tester of the feature on Reddit. He put up step-by-step screenshots of how the new feature will work in 7 slides. The company is testing the feature for now and has invited a small group of people to use it. It has not confirmed when the new login will be rolled out for other users.
To log-in, one needs to first enter their user id, following which they will receive a prompt saying “Check your phone”. Users receive a message on their mobile asking whether they are trying to sign-in from a new computer.
After the user clicks on “Yes”, they will get a challenge or a number which is reflected on the computer screen, which they have to type on their smartphone as well. Once you type the number, say 21 like in Paul’s case, you get access to the computer.
Earlier this year, Google had announced a Chrome extension, “Password Alert” that sends an alert when a user falls victims to a phishing scam and enter their Google password on pages which are design to look like official Google sign-in pages.
Here are the steps:
1.Go to google.com to test out the login. (granted that I’m not logged in.)
2.Enter an email address into the sign in page and hit next.
3.Next page tells you to check your phone and enter the challenge. (I had tried this morning and it didn’t ask me to enter a challenge. But as I was going through the process this time, I have had a challenge.)
4.On the phone, I get a notification “Trying to sign in?”
5.Opening the notification I’m asked if I’m trying to sign in from another computer. I answer yes.
6.Next, I have to enter the challenge. In this case, the number on the screen is 21.
7.Now on my computer, I’m logged into the google page.
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