Before you start celebrating never having to remember any more passwords, please hang in there for a while and keep reading. It is not exactly what it looks like…..
Remember back in October 2018 when I published the Passwords vs no Passwords post? if not, spend 30 seconds and read through it. At that time NewsNow had decided to ditch all passwords.
Now it is the turn of tech giant Microsoft, which said that mandatory password changes are ancient and obsolete. For decades, we have been using passwords for our computers, phones, home banking, and in many other places, and suddenly the giant said: “That is it, no more”.
As you know, password changing is one of the major inconveniences for users that lead to bad security policy. In security you have to find a good balance between security and usability as both extremes are really bad, “full security, no usability” and “no security, full usability.” The point that we try to find is somewhere in the middle of those two, where accounts and systems are secure without losing much usability.
How many of you have already face recognition on your phone to unlock it? That means that you already ditched the password. How many other devices do you have where you have to use biometrics to unlock it? Fingerprint, face scan, etc. As you can see, even if you have not noticed, you have replaced the typical PIN password with a biometric scan.
It will only be a matter of time until you can to go the ATM and take cash out only with your face or fingerprint scanner….. just watch this space.
And as always, be safe out there and until the next Malware Monday.