As the title suggests, passwords are a bit of a nuisance, especially in an age dependant on the Internet and its many aspects demanding user passwords.
Since I first connected to the web and began to design around 17 years ago, my passwords have changed to keep up with hackers. Because I use so many pages demanding passwords, my passwords of old have remained on some pages and not others – this means if you haven’t listed them on a document somewhere like a sensible person, you end up hitting the “forgotten password” link more times than you’d like to… like me.
Of course, 17 years in the world of technology is an age, so any questions regarding the irritating – and let’s face it, anarchic – password, are beginning to be answered.
Security Experts Say the Day is Coming
Cyber-security experts claim the password’s days are numbered. Even Barack Obama’s chief online security coordinator thinks the fingerprint scanner method is dated – it’s like the mini-disc player of the online security world; it could be skipped and immediately replaced with the mp3 player.
So if fingerprint tech is considered ‘past it’, something I was just beginning to come to terms with via my iPhone 6 Plus, what exactly is going to replace passwords? What is the mp3 player of number/letter security method?
Consider this: Selfies can quite literally hold the key to online security.
Whether you love or loath the term, ‘Selfies’, taking pictures of your face could be the only way to open your Smartphone and send a text. Should you purchase something from a shop, taking a Selfie will effectively be the new way of using a debit card and having to swipe or tap in your pin number.
NEC Corporation of Japan recently launched, NeoFace Monitor, a biometric security program. This uses face recognition technology (image-processing algorithms to recognize facial features) to lock and protect computers. Instead of recognising a series of numbers and letters to unlock a device or program, a computer will match your features. If this sounds a little too sci-fi and far-fetched, let the figures convert you: reports have indicated that the NeoFace Monitor has a 0.3% error rate.
This amazing technology could transfer over to the world of online security, where NeoFace or other facial recognition technologies could grant users access to web pages.
But for the time being, strong passwords are the best way to go. 63q)z&69cv#Ye06x_osd is a lot more hacker resilient than 270278 (my date of birth). However, even with long passwords, hackers have developed ways of viewing the password digit-masking dots as plain text.
So it looks like we’ll be posing into our phones to open them, our PCs and webpages; we’ll be taking ‘Selfies’ to pay for lunch or to get cash out, to pretty much run our lives.
Just remember to reset if you get a facelift or nose job…