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Login to Google Account on Any Public Computer Without Password Typing

Google has already made account logins too secure for its users with 2 Step verification and here I am sharing another added layer of security feature called Google Sesame where you won’t have to actually enter / type any password to login. Smartphone will suffice.

We always have fear of logging into Google Account on Public or Shared Computers because of Keyloggers which may steal our passwords. But, using this feature, you can log in to any computer without worries because you won’t be typing password on that machine.

How Google Sesame Works

  1. Visit http://goto.google.com/login on Web browser of Computer where you want to login.
  2. QR Code (Quick Response Code) will be generated and displayed as webpage.
  3. Scan this code using Smartphone (Android / iOS / Windows / Blackberry / anything) which allows you to decode it.
  4. This gets decoded into some URL which you have to open on Mobile Web browser. Enter the Login details including password on Phone and Sign in.

  5. Click on Start with Gmail or iGoogle and Computer browser will automatically login to the account credentials you entered on mobile phone. You can access rest of the Google service once you are logged in.

This may sound terribly complicated to some users but it’s certainly not. It is ofcourse useful and pretty safe while logging in to any Computer which you may think is not safe. Just one time entering password on Phone and not giving any details to the machine on which you are actually logged in.

I don’t know since when this service is available and even Google didn’t have mentioned officially about it anywhere except for this thread.

Also, it must be taken care that the QR code generated remains valid for few minutes and in case you fail to login from Mobile device, reload the page to generate to new QR code and repeat the procedure.

Personally, I am impressed with this kind of login procedure and really admire Google for bringing up this innovative idea which I am obviously going to use.

Click Here to Leave a Comment Below 9 comments
sushil - January 17, 2012

yes,a new method which is better than and i liked this so much..

    naveen - January 18, 2012

    how to perform scan from smart phone…. i am not clear about that..can u tell me

      Rohit Langde - January 18, 2012

      Depends on the Phone operating system you have. In my case, I used QRDroid application for Android.

Mayank - January 17, 2012

Well, it was one of the Google’s various experiments for Simplifying & Securing Logins on any platform.

Well, I M probably saying “was” because now the page shows only a Thank You notice for trying out the experiment.

    Rohit Langde - January 17, 2012

    Oops, I didn’t expect that this experiment will shut down so soon.
    Whatever it was, I would say that it was real awesome!

      Mayank - January 18, 2012

      By just reading the article, I could get how well the idea was laid out.

      I M just unable to understand that they have stopped this experiment to release it as an official one or really stopped it to try on some better ideas.

prasad - January 17, 2012

this article helps me to secure my email account…nice article

Satish - January 18, 2012

hello Rohit

Interesting find, but unfortunately it is closed now!! Message on the link:

Hi there – thanks for your interest in our phone-based login experiment.

While we have concluded this particular experiment, we constantly experiment with new and more secure authentication mechanisms.

Stay tuned for something even better!

Dirk Balfanz, Google Security Team.


mike - January 23, 2012

its a very nice step to save our passwords by disclosing it in public network but feeling very sad as it got shut down by google so earlier as expected.


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