You know what I want Apple to do? I want Apple to solve the growing username, user ID, and password problem. Everyone has the same problem, and there are many solutions that don’t measure up. I want just one.
What about a password manager? They’re too complicated, need to be setup and managed on an ongoing basis. Apple has the right idea with Touch ID fingerprint sensor but that doesn’t work on the Mac or anywhere else besides iPhone and iPad. Google, Facebook, and others have single sign in solutions, but they don’t work everywhere. I’m ready for a solution that works everywhere, all the time, and doesn’t track where I go and what I do.
Smart Is Not So Smart
Google has a nice product called the Identity Platform which basically is an automatic sign-in system with a so-called smart lock for passwords that websites and apps can use. It works well on some websites, works well with some Android smartphones and a variety of applications, but is far from universal.
It’s time for a solution that works everywhere, on nearly every device or website, a simple system that makes it easier and faster to be identified. Let’s start with Touch ID. Nothing works better to allow individual access to websites or information with little effort, and how fast it works on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus is remarkable.
More and more iOS applications allow Touch ID to access restricted or confidential information, and the simple act of touching the iPhone’s Home button to verify identity is a capability that works. It just needs more legs, as in more places to be utilized.
Why doesn’t Apple put a Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the Mac? Why isn’t there a built-in method to unlock information or access specific websites with nothing more than the Touch ID sensor?
We’ve all seen websites which use Google, Facebook, or other platforms which use our social identification to register and login. That works well enough but it’s hardly universal. Not everyone wants to use a Google or Facebook account to register and login to a website, yet that’s the requirement for broader access, one that benefits the website and Google or Facebook more than it does the user (use it and both Google and Facebook know which other sites you frequent).
I want a universal solution, a truly smart lock which is easily unlocked with a simple touch, without anyone tracking me from site to site.
What would it take for Google, Microsoft, and Apple to solve a universal identity and verification problem that works on all our devices, grants access and even registration to various websites, and does it without tracking?
True, various governments may not like such a system, but it wouldn’t be the first time politicians attempted to thwart the will of their constituency, would it?
As it stands now, to gain quick access and automatic access to various sites, apps, and platforms I’m required to manage a variety of usernames, user IDs, and passwords which require extra steps to function properly.
That needs to change.