The way we use passwords is finally changing

Passwords are annoying for most people. If you look at the best practice password advice, it’s creating more work for everyone:

  • Generate long random character passwords rather than using everyday words that can be guessed by cyber criminals’ automated software
  • Use a different password for every single application
  • Never write passwords down or share with a colleague

This is why we tell our clients to use a password manager. It’s a safe way to generate highly secure passwords, store them, and fill in login boxes so you don’t have to.

Recently it’s been reported that tech giants Microsoft, Apple and Google have joined forces to kill off the password and introduce its replacement.

That’s called a passkey.

It’s very simple. To login to something, you’ll use your phone to prove it’s really you.

Your computer will use Bluetooth to verify you’re sat nearby. Because Bluetooth only works a short distance, this should stop many phishing scams.

Then it’ll send a verification message to your phone. You’ll unlock your phone in the usual way, with your face, fingerprint, or PIN.

And that’s it. You’re
logged in.

We could see this new no-password login being introduced to some of the world’s biggest websites and applications over the coming year. Exciting!

What do you think? If you need help managing your company passwords, please get in touch!

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