Why Four Years Later We’re Still Using Passwords When Safer Technologies Exist

An article from 2017 lists thirteen technologies safer than passwords. Such as vein scans, ear scans, eye scans, and fingerprints. Are we any closer in 2021 to ditching the use of passwords for safer alternatives?

I don’t know about you, but I still use passwords. However, I’m sometimes using two-step identification with them. Since it’s a toss-up whether humans dislike changing how they do things more than keeping track of passwords, passwords aren’t going away soon.

Passwordless security is available. Microsoft allows mobile login or fingerprint with its latest version of Skype for Android. Windows Hello, available with Windows 10 or 11, works with PCs and mobile devices, bypasses passwords with two-factor authentication based on biometrics or a PIN.

The increase in cyber-attacks means it’s even more challenging to keep passwords secure. More secure passwords are over 16 characters with a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols. People find them difficult to remember.

Passwordless security makes it easier for employees to do their job by streamlining logins. It impedes cybercriminals who rely on weak passwords to breach security. The added security layers prevent further network intrusion as cybercriminals lack the information to proceed.

But passwords aren’t going away and may still work better for your business. Password managers can help you and your employees overcome the downsides of passwords, like remembering them. The result improves security.

Password managers need to be usable on all devices and platforms. Your password management tool should incorporate MFA or multi-factor authentication. A robust password management system helps keep your business network secure if you’re not ready for passwordless systems.

Author: Kris Keppeler, a writer who finds technology fascinating and loves humor. She writes for Crossing Genres on Medium.com and Does This Happen to You? on Channillo. Award-winning podcast producer who enjoys telling stories. Follow her @KrisKKAria on Twitter or on LinkedIn.

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