Project Abacus: Google’s War on the Password (Info Security Buzz)


We’re reaching a stage where a lost or stolen phone can intuitively shut down all its apps because it knows it’s not the owner tapping away on its screen, and when banks are actively testing these types of systems as alternatives to passwords and PINs. Therefore when it comes to security, one can safely assume that behavioural authentication, already on the rise, will be the next great frontier in device authentication.

Take Project Abacus for example. Born from the desire to find a way to make authentication systems device-driven, rather than human driven­­. First introduced to developers last year, Google partnered with multiple universities, as well as 25 experts from 16 institutions, to create a system which, according to Google, is now 10 times more secure than fingerprint authentication.