The concept is sound, but the devil is in the details. Jason Perlow updates an article from three years ago on why passwords must die.
The Heartbleed bug in the Open Source OpenSSL library has brought renewed attention to the weaknesses of passwords, the mechanism that has been the foundation of computer security for at least 50 years.
It’s how we’ve used computers since the dawn of computers.
Today, as modern computing users, we’re inundated with passwords on all sorts on web and social networking sites. I use GMail, Google+ and all the Google Apps, such as Calendar, Analytics, Docs, et cetera. I use FaceBook. I use LinkedIn. I use Instagram. I use Twitter. I use Flickr.
Jason got hacked.
With all of the strong password precautions I took at the time, I still have no idea how that account was compromised.
Therein lies the danger. We use passwords everywhere; online, apps, Mac, Windows PCs, iDevices. It’s how we use computers.
The point is, it doesn’t matter. If someone like me can get compromised, so can anyone else, especially someone who isn’t keeping track of their online accounts and behavior as much as I do.
Let’s face it — passwords suck. Once someone knows what they are, your security is in a world of poo. I would have used a much stronger term than “poo”, but I’ll let Private Pyle do this for me.
If you don’t mind the extra page read and a few more ads, Jason has the solution. Biometrics. Is there a major tech company using biometrics?