From Post-it Notes to password manager applications, online users have a single problem. Remembering a password. Once we were told to use a complicated password, which gave too many of us an incentive to use a simpler– and easier to guess or hack– password. I think it is time to kill passwords.
Other than a time honored method to keeping data private, is there anything to like about managing an ever growing list of passwords?
Dan Patterson explains the dilemma:
Here’s the thing about passwords: They’re terrible. Passwords are easy to hack, easy to lose and hard to use.
Yet, how else can we protect our valued Apple ID, or email, or iTunes account, or logins to online banks?
Passwords are something of a necessary evil and not likely to be dispensed with any time soon, but Apple has pointed us toward the future.
As it stands now, I have a single password to remember, but dozens that need to be managed, thanks to how Apple married convenience to security. Touch ID and Face ID. No password is required to open and use my Mac. Just a fingerprint. No password is required to open and use my iPhone or iPad. Just a facial scan.
Touch ID and Face ID are a marriage of convenience– no password required– and security; neither one is easily hacked.
Apple’s Keychain stores passwords for email, websites, and various logins. Keychain is free and requires very little management, but when it does, it can be a pain to figure out. Third party app developers to the rescue. I recommend 1Password for features (and it syncs well between devices) and Enpass for price (also works on multiple devices).
In essence, passwords are not done away with, but the requirement to remember multiple passwords is reduced to a single password and even that does not get used frequently as 1Password and Enpass both use Touch ID and Face ID to open.
The only real problem that needs a solution is obvious. We still have usernames, login IDs, and… insert drum roll here… passwords to manage. A single password can be used to open 1Password or Enpass or other password managers, and even than is relegated to near obscurity thanks to the marriage of convenience and security with Touch ID and Face ID, but passwords still need to be managed.
Think authentication instead of passwords and Apple is poised to make it a reality.
The thought of remembering numerous complex passwords will soon fall under the umbrella of ‘the old fashioned way’ and our phones will soon be able to recognize us from the moment we pick up the device.
That method works now with Touch ID and Face ID but your Apple device still needs an old fashioned password first. How about an option for always on authentication, whereby a single authentication system takes care of entry to any system anywhere? Apple can do this technology already, but getting the rest of the world onboard is fraught with peril and difficulty.
If ever there was a time to kill the password, that time is now, and Apple should be the company that brings it from the future to the present.