Google acquires SlickLogin (authentication by smartphone)

Companies in Relationship

Google, SlickLogin

Deal Facts

Initial Announcement Date: 2/14

Consideration: not disclosed

Google acquires SlickLogin, which has developed technology that allows users to authenticate password-protected accounts by placing a smartphone near a computer or tablet. The application verifies that user’s smartphone is close to a device using proprietary technology.

SlickLogin's founders were formerly with the cybersecurity unit of the Israeli Defense Force. The three-person team will be joining Google.

Strategic Implications

SlickLogin is attractive to Google, given its philosophy that security should be simple. SlickLogin believes that "logging in should be easy instead of frustrating, and authentication should be effective without getting in the way."

The company's patent for proprietary audio communication protocol is potentially valuable additions to Google’s IP portfolio. Google will also be able to leverage the SlickLogin team and technology by combining this authentication technology with a range of existing and future products.

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