Editor’s Note: This is simply another move to kill on-line anonymity. Google already asks for your phone number when you sign up for a Google account, which allows your new account to be personally identifiable and linked to other government-collected data such as your phone records and location history. Now Google wants to make this more common-place to condition people into giving up their phone numbers in order to even use the Internet. This authoritarian takeover will come under the guise of “making the Internet safer.”

Matt Brian
Engadget
February 16, 2014

If Google’s latest acquisition is anything to go by, entering a password on a website could soon be as easy as placing your smartphone near your computer.

Israeli startup SlickLogin confirmed today it has become the latest company join Mountain View’s ranks (although it’ll work from Google’s local offices), bringing its patented sound-based smartphone technology with it.

While neither party has disclosed much information, Google’s intentions seem clear: the company already offers its two-factor authentication tech free to everybody, but it can be a pain to enter a six-digit authentication code (which changes every minute).

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