Google's SlickLogin acquisition buys sound authentication technology

Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) has snapped up SlickLogin, an Israeli security start-up that created new sound authentication technology to replace online passwords.

SlickLogin launched at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference a few months ago with a system that promises greater security with a simple login. It generates a high-frequency sound that can only be picked up by a computer's microphone or a smartphone. Users place their phone next to their tablet or laptop to login to accounts.

The technology hasn't been released yet, and terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

SlickLogin announced the acquisition with a brief statement on the company's Web site: "Today we`re announcing that the SlickLogin team is joining Google, a company that shares our core beliefs that logging in should be easy instead of frustrating, and authentication should be effective without getting in the way. Google was the first company to offer two-step verification to everyone, for free, and they're working on some great ideas that will make the internet safer for everyone."

Google was early to use two-step authentication to help secure its services including Gmail.

For more:
-See the SlickLogin announcement
-See this Re/code story

Related stories:
Google goes deeper into AI with DeepMind acquisition
Amazon adds mobile Scan-to-Buy feature
Amazon buys mobile payments startup
Retailers snaring mobile shoppers with Google Instant Buy
Google Wallet stepping up mobile loyalty