Future Without Passwords
DataQuest|November 30, 2015
Future Without Passwords
In future you may be able to login to an application by using your heartbeats, brainwaves, or just a selfie.
Srikanth RP

Despite the best efforts of enterprises they get hacked frequently and with utmost regularity. A bit of research into cyber attacks shows that vulnerabilities exist in every enterprise and hackers only need one loophole to sneak in an enterprise and steal data. Past and recent history shows that some of the biggest firms that have had the required budgets and the capability to prevent attacks have also got hacked. The list of high profile targets include Target, Home Depot, the US Government, and closer home—Gaana.com and Ola Cabs.

While there are different reasons for which an enterprise can get hacked—stolen passwords top the list. A majority of technology giants have taken huge steps in this direction and their efforts have culminated in an consortium called the FIDO (Fast Identity Online) alliance. The alliance which has nearly 200 members including giants such as Microsoft, Google, ARM, and Samsung is looking to create a future where passwords will never be used. FIDO has already released standards on which authentication products can be built, and over 30 companies have released FIDO certified products in the marketplace.


While the method in most cases is still based on two factor authentication, it shows how passwords can be replaced with fingerprint scanning or other techniques. For example, Samsung announced a partnership with PayPal, wherein owners of the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone can authorize payments by just swiping a finger for any website or app that accepts PayPal as the payment mechanism. No password is required.


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November 30, 2015