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Google continues its buying streak with the acquisition of a fifth Israeli company, SlickLogin • The three-person company developed tools to verify user identity through audio signals sent from a smartphone application.
SlickLogin was formed to get rid of endless insertion of passwords when you visit an external website on your computer. It allows you to log into a website, just by holding your phone close to it.
Simple and slick in concept, the product aims to verify a user’s identity and log them in to a website by playing a uniquely generated, nearly-silent high frequency sound, one that the human ear cannot hear, through your computer’s speakers. The SlickLogin app on your phone hears the sound, analyzes it, then returns the signal back to the website confirming that you are who you are supposed to be – unless you just stole the phone.
Use of high frequency sound is already on the menu in other high-tech areas, but not yet for login and verification, which is why Google has picked them up.
Whether the product is up to scratch in relation to personal security issues remains to be seen, though the company’s three founders all come from a defense and security background – that figures – so they should be up there.
The Company’s Founders
Meet the SlickLogin team of security experts All three founders are recent graduates of the Israel Defense Force’s elite cyber security unit, and have spent over 6 years working on the cutting edge of information security projects.
Or Zelig CEO
Or is an experienced project manager and a serial entrepreneur. Or’s greatest passion is technology, and his mind is constantly brimming with new ideas. After his graduation from the IDF, where he led the development of the next-generation of military data security devices, Or worked as a consultant and later as an entrepreneur; SlickLogin is his second venture in the field of cyber security.
Eran Galili CTO
A technophile who has been hacking at computers since he was 12, Eran is a software and hardware security researcher, who prefers tweaking with layers as deep and as unexplored as possible, and has in-depth experience in both designing complex security architectures, and hacking them apart.
Ori Kabeli VP R&D
Ori’s greatest joy comes from turning ideas into awesome products, and the more challenging – the better. Ori is a software developer and team leader with over 7 years of extensive hands-on experience in developing security oriented products, mainly for military and governmental agencies.