New Innovative Log-in Technology: Will Passwords Be A Thing Of The Past?

For years we have used passwords to access and protect sensitive information online. From the name of your first pet to an elaborate combination of numbers and letters, we all have our tried and trusted log-in details. However, passwords are easy to figure out and hack – even if you change them often. As the information we store on computers has grown both in size and value, it’s important that it’s protected in the best way possible.

This is one of the reasons why new, innovative log-in technology is being developed. We’re going to look at what this means for the future of the humble password.

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Large companies are investing in this new technology

It may seem like something out of science fiction but eyeballs and fingerprints are leading the way when it comes to new identity verification methods. In November, Google begun to explore some exciting new options, including scanning biometric data from a wearable device. This wearable device would more likely than not be some kind of head-mounted display that could scan not only eyeballs and fingerprints but even things like veins and voice patterns.

This new log-in system is more than likely designed to be used with wearable technology like Google Glass but it’s a bold new step nonetheless – there’s nothing stopping the developers trying to create bio-logins for other devices if this proves to be successful.

Other names and devices are beginning to emerge

There are devices being developed by smaller companies too. The Nymi is a device worn on the wrist that uses your unique heart rate as a means of identity verification. The device has a built in sensor that detects the unique electrical pattern generated by your heartbeat. The makers say that because it’s worn so close to the body and this electrical pulse is hard to replicate, it’s a pretty failsafe method of accessing your information.

Another piece of innovative new tech is the LaunchKey app, which allows you to respond to log-in requests from your other devices. LaunchKey are also developing technology using biometry and proximity sensors – meaning that your location could be used to verify your identity too. With these two emerging as potential replacements for passwords, what does this mean for us right here, right now?

Is it time for a password curtain-call?

It’s clear that we’re moving on and investing in new technology at a pretty rapid rate, judging by how many new names there are in the sector. So does this mean that the password has been immediately rendered useless? No – but it does show that we are looking to ways of moving on from them in the near future, maybe within the next five to ten years. With the kind of information we store on our personal devices changing as well as the way in which we use them, it’s clear that something has to change soon.

We’re even looking to move on from fingerprint log-in technology already – as it’s easy to replicate the pattern of a fingertip, although not quite as simple as hacking a password. Potential financial and developmental hiccups may well lie ahead – but for new password technology, the future is looking pretty bright.

Damian Coates is the Commercial Accounts Manager for the established IT support firm in London – Utilize.

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