The Death Knell of the Password?

Martyn Talbot

Published Mon 13 Oct by Martyn Talbot in Miscellaneous and Web News

Facial and voice recognition to authenticate user log on may soon be common place, using technology built into existing devices like microphones and cameras

'Sorry but your password must contain an uppercase letter, a number, a haiku, a gang sign, a hieroglyph, and the blood of a virgin!'

You have finally tracked down that perfect product online at the right price you hit the button...
Buy now
"Urghhh!......Blinking heck!"
Please enter your password:
"D'oh, I don't remember"

  • How many online passwords have you created?
  • Can you remember them all?
  • How secure are they?

A recent article ‘Has the flawed password system finally had its day?’ by the BBC technology reporter Paul Rubens foresees various low cost options that use existing technology such as cameras, microphones and web cams already built into most mobile and computer devices.

According to according to Dr Ant Allan, an authentication expert at Gartner Research, the simplest way to log on might be through facial recognition - or "authentication by selfie,". It would require the user to do nothing more than look at their computer or mobile screen. Logging in using voice recognition would also be straightforward, he argues.

Including contextual info such as your location taken via mobile GPS system or even the time of day can be employed to further strengthen security. When a user attempts to log on outside their normal pattern further authentication information is required.

Hopefully the time when we have to remember a multitude of G*bb1edyg00k passwords will soon be gone.

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