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The Future of Passwords

4 out of 5 computer users admit that they have been locked out of one account or another due to forgetting their password, 2 million Adobe users set their password to ‘123456’ and most users admit to reusing the same password across numerous sites, including email, online banking and social media.

So with all these human error password faults and flaws, what does the future hold for the password? In the last year we’ve seen Apple introduce finger print readers into their devices and Twitter is offering two factor authentication. What could we see replacing passwords in 2014?

A number of patents suggest projects some of the world’s biggest electronic and online companies may be working on. Google filed a patent back in June 2013 for a facial expression password system, where users would be required to perform a number of different facial expressions to authenticate their identity.

IBM has also been working on a new security system which could be seen in various devices in the future. IBM believe a Digital Guardian (named Steve) could be the key to personal online protection in the future. The online guardian is an in built software which knows the user and their habits. When a user behaves in a way the guardian doesn’t see as usual or familiar it can lock the system down.

A number of extreme password solutions have been proposed and experimented with by tech researchers across the world. One bizarre idea from the US comes in the form of a password pill! The tablet contains chemicals that safely react with acids found in the human stomach, this reaction creates a signal that is received by a device and either accepted or rejected dependent on if that particular 18bit signal is linked with the local device. The idea is strange, but true and although isn’t expected in the near future is a possible option for future security precautions.

With password cracking apps and services on the rise and increasing in complexity and success rates, the password pill could be with us sooner than we think!


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