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NEWS: Google acquires SlickLogin

Google has acquired sound authentication firm SlickLogin in a bid to up its password security.

SlickLogin's technology plays a uniquely generated sound through speakers, which is picked up by a smartphone app. The app then analyses the sound and sends a signal back to confirm the user's identity. The brand uses 'unique patent-pending technologies and a fortified protocol model enable military-grade security.'

SlickLogin announced the acquisition on its company website. The start-up explained: ‘We started SlickLogin because security measures had become overly complicated and annoying.

‘Our friends thought we were insane, but we knew we could do better. So we set out to improve security while still making it simple for people to log in.

‘Today we're announcing that the SlickLogin team is joining Google, a company that shares our core beliefs that logging in should be easy instead of frustrating, and authentication should be effective without getting in the way. Google was the first company to offer two-step verification to everyone, for free - and they're working on some great ideas that will make the internet safer for everyone. We couldn't be more excited to join their efforts.’