Google’s Trust API Will Lead as the ‘Ultimate Password’ in Cyber Security
In 2015, Fortune 500’s top 10 most profitable companies all shared a common edge: vast social media backing and presence. Subsequently, online security products are now at the forefront of innovative tech startups. Users on any social media platform want to be reassured that their accounts will be unconditionally kept secure.
Google seems to constantly find new ways to maneuver itself into any household conversation or social internet crisis. In these next months, Google will begin testing a password alternative as a concrete solution against any gaps in internet security. This new feature, labeled Trust API, was originally code-named Project Abacus under Google’s Advanced Technology and Project group (ATAP). The central component of Abacus focused on a newly developed form of identification facilitated by the use of multiple identity indicators. This project’s ultimate goal was to create a single “mega” password which would eliminate all security mishaps.
Trust API will function as a fully customizable security system for high volume websites and is currently being tested for use in personal devices and wearables. By linking together unique indicators of an individual’s identity, Trust API is able to determine whether or not the individual will be given access. Only recently the ability to simply scan your thumbprint and unlock your phone was released to the public. Though this feature seemed foolproof, it proved to be fallible and led to the release of Google’s newest project. The company suggests that by combining finger print scanners with detectors for voice and facial recognition, security systems will be faultless.
According to The Guardian, Google’s Trust API will select unique, minuscule features or details from a person’s face, the way they swipe, voice patterns and how they speak. With a typical password, there isn’t any of this specific data related to human characteristics. Apple’s solution was the fingerprint scanner for phones. Google’s Trust API is a step above this. If need be, the system can automatically require a backup password such as a voice phrase or date of birth.
As social media and an interest in technology integrate more heavily into society, a need for better cyber security is created. Trust API is breaking ground, making high-end security protection accessible to everyday people on their phones or social media accounts. In the month of June, we will watch as Google tests this system amongst “several very large financial institutions,” according to Google’s Daniel Kaufman. If proved to be a genuine solution for the gaps in which cyber security can fall short, every smart phone owner can look forward to a unique experience which could provide the ultimate reassurance for tech users.