Sound Security: Google's Recent Purchase of SlickLogin

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1Q 2014 | IN-1018474


Audio-based Authentication


Google recently purchased Israeli start-up SlickLogin, a firm specializing in authentication through sound. The founders have developed a “sound key” in the form of a nearly-silent sound that can be played through a speaker. The sound is picked up by a corresponding mobile application on a mobile device, which contains credential information. The application analyzes the sound key and sends the signal data to a server that can confirm the credential as genuine. SlickLogin is able to use various protocols for authenticating the device, including Bluetooth, NFC, Wi-Fi, or GPS. The sound key can thus serve as a password or as one of the factors in a multi-factor authentication process.

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