Security and privacy are two huge issues with smartphones, and anything connected to the internet, really. So it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Google unveiled a five-year plan towards increased device security on Wednesday. This roadmap has Google breaking away from its traditional user sign-in process on devices, and instead replaces with an extremely secure, once-per-device-log-in. By replacing traditional passwords with complex authentication codes, a device can register itself with Google and keep the owner of an account from having to repeatedly sign in to their Google account multiple times.
Group product manager at Google, Eric Sachs, said it will definitely be more complex, but it will only be a once-per-device action. He said “We don’t mind making it painful for users to sign into their device if they only have to do it once.” He goes on to say Google doesn’t mind making the process difficult on end users if it means better security long-term.
One of the first changes Google has outline will be the mandatory use of two-factor authentication for log-ins, which most sites only offer as an option. Small things like that are a bit of a headache at first, but there’s no arguing that they’re more secure. Besides, Google deals with a ton of private information every second, so it’s great to see them take more steps towards keeping that information secure.