Google sign-in on third-party websites will soon be easier


Google has long offered something other than password managers to protect online accounts with its single sign-on (SSO) services. Users don’t even need to create and maintain their own credentials when they sign up for or sign in to services that support these “Sign in with Google” APIs. The process of using this, however, hasn’t been exactly seamless, but Google is now tweaking its multiple sign-in offerings under one Google Identity Services roof and making the sign-in process even easier.

Logging into a website or service using your Google Account isn’t exactly difficult, but it can be confusing. By clicking on the sign in button, you will be taken to a different page or window which will then allow you to sign in to your Google account. It can break your feed or even be an opportunity for hackers to hijack the process.

As part of the consolidation of its Google identity services, Google is introducing its One Tap sign-in process. A prompt will slide down from the top of browsers on desktops, while mobile devices will see a panel slide down from the bottom of the screen instead of redirecting you to another page. You’ll still have to click a button to sign in to your Google Account, so it’s not completely One Tap.

However, this is when you first log in under the new APIs. When you return to the site, the Sing in with Google button will instead display the last Google Account you used to sign in, making it a true One Tap process.

Google assures web developers that it’s fairly easy to implement its new APIs, and that they immediately gain the benefit of not having to manage their own account security systems. Google Identity Services Also comes with clickjacking and pixel tracking protection, as Google also wants Google Accounts to be tightly secured.


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