Beyond the password
Passwords have been the de facto answer to computer security since the dawn of the information age, but as a string of high-profile hackings confirm, they’re far from perfect. So what’s next? In a three-part series, Digital Trends’ security expert Geoff Duncan explores the problems that plague passwords, potential replacements, and the barriers that may prevent them from ever truly disappearing.
In the future, you might not need to come up with and memorize complicated strings of characters to access your accounts, when all you need to do is think and your brainwaves will serve as your pass-thoughts.
Passwords are broken. But can multifactor authentication fix them? Smartphones could become the magic key necessary to make more secure next-gen authentication work.
Password-based security looks weaker every day, so why haven't we started using high-tech biometrics like fingerprints, voice recognition and iris scans yet? As it turns out, all of these have major barriers of their own.
Account takeovers and security breaches show passwords are weak padlocks on our digital lives. But can anything really replace them?