Google Pushing for Hardware Authentication reports Click Studios
Experts note passwords are becoming obsolete
The experts have added to the growing claims that the password era is ending for security measures, as it is both insecure and increasingly impractical. In order to make it more difficult for criminals to guess security bypasses, web services have forced individuals to use longer passwords with varying characters. Now, that this effort is proving to only be a speedbump in hacker and thieves efforts, experts now are advising against the use of passwords more and more.
Google has made it particular point of their ongoing efforts to up security, and have openly been pushing for the removal of passwords as security measures.
“Along with many in the industry, we feel passwords and simple bearer tokens such as cookies are no longer sufficient to keep users safe,” said Google vice president of security Eric Grosse and engineer Mayank Upadhyay, in an article to be published in an engineering journal.
Cookies are text files that are issued from a website to a web browser software to keep visitors logged in, and often contains their information and passwords.
“We’d like your smartphone or smartcard-embedded finger ring to authorize a new computer via a tap on the computer, even in situations in which your phone might be without cellular connectivity,” the Googlers wrote.
Both Grosse and Upadhyay stated that the current experimentation with the YubiKey is highly secure as a “one time pad” cryptography that is used to log in to Google services. In the future, they wish to see similar authentication hardware used, and believe wireless versions could be useful for online accounts.
"We’ll have to have some form of screen unlock, maybe passwords but maybe something else,” Grosse said, Wired reports. “But the primary authenticator will be a token like this or some equivalent piece of hardware.”
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