Microsoft and Apple are killing passwords


Let's try to guess the password you use. QWERTY1234; 12345; Qwerty; aBc123 or trustno1 or qzpm123? If you use any of the above codes, change it immediately: your password is on the list of 25 worse passwords. If you change it, do not use the genius 111111 or letmein.Password

Dignified passwords (passwords) have a problem: it's impossible to remember them.

More than a decade ago, Bill Gates predicted the end of passwords, but even today there are still people who have a post-it stuck on their screen that says "1234567". Meanwhile, billions of codes have been leaked and added to dictionaries using brute force applications.

But all indications are that passwords could end. Microsoft has confirmed that it will "slash" passwords in Windows 10 by introducing new options, with the support of Fast Identity Online Standard (FIDO).

This means that you will connect with your face, voice, iris, fingerprints, or a dongle, depending on which method your company chooses.

But it's not just about computers: Apple also uses the Touch ID from iPhone 5 and then (as well as iPad Air 2 and Mini 3) by replacing fingerprint passwords. Samsung with the Galaxy S5 also brings a fingerprint reader.

While no technology is completely safe, fingerprint readers have improved a lot in recent years: Apple claims that we should try 50.000 different fingers to find one that will fit randomly. He also argues that the method is much safer than the probability of one in 10.000 disclosing a four-digit password.

It's much easier to forget a password than forgetting our fingers or eyes. Apple and Microsoft's FIDO-supported Microsoft systems have a different architecture in the old password model: fingerprints or other biometrics are stored locally, making it much harder for hackers to acquire massive millions credentials from a storage server as is the case today.

But the move that will take us away from passwords should be done very carefully as we are talking about the use of biometrics.

The password is abstract (unless you are one of those stupid people who use their name as a password) and impersonally. Biometric data, on the contrary, is very personal, and we all know the insatiable hunger of intelligence services. These types of data make this information irresistible.

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