Google unlocks plans for “Project Vault”

Google unlocks plans for “Project Vault”

This past weekend, people gathered in San Francisco for Google I/O, a session set “for developers — the creative coders who are building what’s next.” Of the numerous topics discussed at the two-day long conference, Google revealed their ideas for the new “Project Vault.”


Regina Dugan, vice president of engineering for Google, told the audience, “authentication sucks…Passwords suck.” Computer users everywhere can probably agree with this testament, especially with the millions of password yielding social media network sites and applications that are floating throughout the Cloud. Every user password now requires a capital letter, a lower case letter, a special character, and a number.


Wouldn’t it be nice to get rid of all of that? Google was thinking the same thing.


The size of their “Project Vault” is not very large. In fact, it is about the size of a microSD card that one would insert into their phone or cameras for extra memory storage. Designed by ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects), this chip would be inserted into a smart phone or computer and be able to tell whether or not its original owner is actually in possession of the device.


A close-up picture of Google's "Project Vaulut" chip.

Google’s “Project Vault” is expected to be as small as a microSD chip, but still contain high-level security. (

The chip would conduct this security measure by using a “trust score” that is a result of the evaluation of user habits, such as typing patterns. Only when the chip recognizes the users’ patterns will it unlock or allow access to secured and confidential information. For any other user, however, the chip will encrypt or scramble the information so it is unattainable.


“Project Vault” is still very young in its development stage but is proving to be the next intense security measure that one can take with their information. Information will operate from the chip and not from the phone device, blocking hackers and other third-parties such as phone carrier companies.


Essentially, the end goal is for “Project Vault” to provide a new way to communicate information securely and to authenticate users without the remedial task of entering and remembering passwords.


What do you think about this new development? Do you think this will be a new fool proof way to keep online information secure? Share your thoughts with us in a comment below or on Twitter @antoinette_8a.

Antoinette Ochoa

Antoinette Ochoa is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University, continuously following her passions for music and writing. Today, Antoinette bounces around Southern California teaching high school performing arts programs and participating in ensembles of her own. She also enjoys discovering the hidden gems of the cities around her and sharing her finds with her partner in crime. Follow her on Twitter @antoinette_8a

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