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Google buys Israeli security firm SlickLogin

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Google has made yet another acquisition, this time in a startup focused on cybersecurity.

Israel startup SlickLogin announced the purchase, made by Google, on its website -- although the tech giant has yet to confirm the deal.  SlickLogin is one of many companies working on making basic security better; specifically, it focuses on using high-frequency sound waves to take the complexity out of verifying user identities online.

While the technology has not been released, SlickLogin says that development has allowed the authentication process to work through mobile devices including smartphones, and it requires no passwords or complicated letter and number combinations. Instead, you place your phone next to your PC and are able to automatically log in.

The amount Google paid for the firm has not been disclosed.

Within the announcement, SlickLogin says:

"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 2-step verification to everyone, for free - and they're working on some great ideas that will make the internet safer for everyone. We couldn`t be more excited to join their efforts."

The company was founded by graduates of the Israel Defence Force's cybersecurity unit.

— By on February 16, 2014, 11:19 PM PST

Charlie Osborne

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Charlie Osborne is a freelance journalist and photographer based in London. In addition to SmartPlanet, she also writes for business technology website ZDNet and consumer technology site CNET. She holds a degree in medical anthropology from the University of Kent. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure