Say Cheese: The Future of the Password Looks More Convenient
In 2004 Bill Gates predicted that the password would die, and over 10 years later the use of passwords has increased, so where does its future lay? Passwords are still a part of our everyday lives, in fact, the number of passwords that are needed for daily access has increased. To help solve the number of passwords required, new evolution’s in technology for keeping data secure are looking more convenient than ever before.
Biometrics is one convenient solution
Offering a very futuristic and high-tech appeal, biometrics – the usage of one’s physical attributes like to secure sensitive information – are becoming entwined with password security. In fact, it makes sense, each of us are unique and it’s harder to steal a fingerprint than a string of characters (the classic password). Not only is it a unique solution, but it’s also extremely convenient. Even so, the threat of being hacked remains and this time you’re at risk for having your unique, personal information stolen.
Before you take part in any digital scans, remember that every new innovation comes with new risks. Are you willing to pass out your biometric information just for a convenient online account or purchase?
Selfie evolution for passwords
Major companies are making waves with the innovation of selfie passwords. Both MasterCard and Amazon are using biometric data – the selfie – to revolutionize the way a user gives authentication via their smartphone. How convenient!
MasterCard uses facial recognition to verify online transactions. After entering credit card information users confirm their identity by taking a selfie. It doesn’t stop there – to ensure that it is a real person, and not just a photo, the user must blink. With Selfie pay, MasterCard is a leader in biometric security measures, and Amazon is following suit. The e-commerce giant has entered a patent request for ‘shopping by selfie’ with the US Patent and Trademark Office. Rather than entering a PIN or passcode, users will be instructed to take a selfie and blink. Cool? Safe? Convenient? That’s for you to decide.
As ease of use and user-friendly authentication is targeted, are these giants really concerned with the security of their users? As other large companies like HSBC also announce biometric security measures, are the risks worth this convenient value-add?
A convenient road to security
The original eight digit password gets a bad reputation for being too time consuming and hard to remember. People want passwords to be secure and convenient, but they worry: “How often should I change my password?” A study taken out by the FTC found that it is, in fact, more harmful to change your password regularly. Researchers found that people who do so often begin with weak passwords in the first place. The best solution is to 1) choose a strong password right off the bat and 2) use a password manager.
As our civilization creates value, we have a need to protect it. Password security is wanted for minimal effort. What practices will you use to make your password security routine more convenient?
March 17, 2016 / By: Claire