Passwords are Losing Trust; Hello Fingerprints, Hashes, Unique Codes

One of the biggest vulnerabilities in computer security is the password. Let’s face it. Something’s got to give! What exactly will it take to authenticate somebody with their own personal information or data without being discovered or hacked?

There are many companies attempting to implement new changes in the way that users authenticate themselves. The best example is Google’s 2-step authentication. This system allows a user to log into their Google account like normal when they access it on their common browser/app…however, whenever they log in elsewhere, it requires an access code specialized for that given with a name.

Google has come up with other ideas such as having a smartcard embedded finger ring or using a smartphone to authorize a new device/computer to add to your account.

More companies are attempting hardware-based authentication. Most companies attempting such measures only have prototypes, and are awaiting the ability to beta the use. Most of these types of measures are called security or hardware tokens.

A pin or password is usually needed for devices…right? However, depending on the type of device will show what other forms of authentication are needed in addition to that. For example, a one-time password may be in order, similar to the Google access code as a second step in authentication, which would be too hard to hack. Others would take a challenge code, which would prove that your a human in public, instead of a hacker/robot on a different network trying to hack.

Many networking authentication proposals for authentication would only allow a certain unique IP address to access the login section or be able to enter a password. Some require a smart card or fingerprint. All of these are good ways to help authentication become more physical and legitimate.

Proving possession is everything in the computer security world now, but this type of authentication has been proposed for around ten years, at least. It’s time tpo get serious about authentication, and develop better solutions. This is the call to action.

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