Passwords, could there a better way?
It’s 9:15 pm, you’re exhausted from a long day but you remember you haven’t paid the light bill. So you pick up your smartphone and open the utility company app and try to log in. But even though you feel like you always use the same combinations of letters and numbers for your password, it’s not working. So your mind shuffles back last month flipping through work passwords, the kids’ school password, your parent’s email password, etc. Did you reset it? Did you write it down somewhere and in your sleep-deprived haze you’re just not remembering? We’ve all been there, it feels like passwords have been implemented for almost every account whether they protect highly important information or not.
The good news is, the death of the password is coming and some are very excited about its demise. The truth is, protecting your personal information is a must but it is time to up the ante and fix. The theory of an alphanumeric password is a good one, but when you factor in password cracking software and the stealth of cyber hackers, your regular password just isn’t up to snuff.
Many organizations are seeing alphanumeric passwords for what they are and taking steps to improve their log in methods. Many sites are opting to integrate 2-factor authentication methods or implement the popular fingerprint and facial recognition. These are stepping in the right direction to close the gap that hackers are so easily slipping through.
Some are opting to nix the need for a password all together for accounts that do not house pertinent information. For example, Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 10 S operating system is cutting out passwords. When you follow through the set up by default you will never be prompted to create a password. For some, this move is exciting but others may hold on to their password loving ways for the time being.