In its continued attempt to fight phishing and poor passwords, Google is testing a new and innovative technique which users can utilize in order to sign in to their Google accounts. The new method requires you to sign in to your account on a computer and authorize the transaction via a phone. In short, no password required.
Reddit user rp1226 was first to get access to this login technique and the first to make it public too. He says that he was invited to test the new functionality on his personal Google account. According to him, the modus operandi of the new feature is:
You authorize your phone to allow you to log into your account.
You go into a computer and type in your email. Then you get a message on your phone to allow the login. If you hit yes, the computer logs into your Google account without a password.
Phishing, if you didn’t know already, is attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card information by masquerading as a trustworthy entity.
The functionality can be used on any type of smartphone, Android or iOS, according to Google. And you will still be able to access your account using your regular password, if the need arises.