New Password Key may End Standard Passwords
It has become common practice to use two factor authentication for passwords in order to make them more secure. An example of two factor would be having a code sent to your phone that you have to enter before logging into your email, or by using a physical token that can be plugged into a computer.
A company named YubiKey hopes to completely replace passwords for just the physical key. Its fifth generation physical key will support password less logon. This is beneficial to users everywhere because it dramatically increases the effectiveness of password security. Passwords fall short in many areas of security, especially since many people use the same password for multiple sites or platforms, increasing the chances of getting hacked or their information stolen.
The YubiKey will let users easily log into computers or other locked platforms such as work emails. The authentication process starts with step 1 of having the actual physical key, and step 2 is presenting the device to the computer to gain access. From there additional layers of authentication can be added. For example, users can opt to use a local pin as a second layer of protection. This differs from a password because it is never transmitted over the internet, so there is no chance it can be stolen. Microsoft has been working with the company in order to integrate it with Microsoft Azure and Windows 10. Do you think this technology will quickly replace standard passwords? Would you be willing to replace your standard password for this new physical security technology?