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Next month, the company will begin testing an alternative called Trust API with “several very large financial institutions” and eventually roll it out for the general public.

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Technology giant Google has announced plans to get rid of passwords as a means of securing its Android application users by the end of 2016.

Next month, the company will begin testing an alternative called Trust API with “several very large financial institutions” and eventually roll it out for the general public.

Trust API will use a combination of indicators such as the typing, voice and walking patterns and also the shape of the face of its users. The new feature is aimed at curbing the problem of users having to remember multiple and sometimes lengthy passwords for the different applications on the Android operating system.

Last week, a hacker put the passwords of millions of accounts on social networking service LinkedIn up for sale following a hack done four years ago. This situation reveals how many internet users still do not have stronger passwords in order to make it difficult for hackers to steal their accounts.

Some of the most popular passwords that succumbed to the hack included ‘linkedin’, ‘123456’ and ‘password.’

In 2015, Google announced that Android had 1.4 billion users and is believed to have about an 80 percent of the smartphone market.

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