This is how we finally replace passwords. Facial recognition and cloud security might kill the password forever.
More than 85% of cyberattacks stem from people getting tricked out of their passwords. But facial recognition and cloud security might kill the password forever.
DAN PATTERSON MAY 27, 2019 C|NET
Here’s the thing about passwords: They’re terrible. Passwords are easy to hack, easy to lose and hard to use.
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Worse still, passwords guard some of our most valuable digital assets. “There’s a whole bunch of valuable information about you in the cloud,” said Alex Simons, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of program management. “Hackers are looking for things they can monetize. All of
accounts represent value, and the minute there’s value, then all of a sudden there’s an economy and there are hackers that want to go after that economy.”
CNET visited the Microsoft Garage — a hackerspace located on the company’s Redmond, Washington, campus designed to test new technologies — to learn how biometric security like facial recognition, iris scanners and fingerprint readers might someday replace passwords.
Microsoft’s biometric security initiatives contribute to the FIDO Alliance, a collaborative industry-wide group that is working on open-source password alternatives. Simons said that the group relies on “really high-grade encryption” to match and authenticate users with devices.
Along with open source standards, biometrics help secure the chain of devices attached to a user’s identity. “Once the login is secure, then all the steps you take to authorize someone to get to a service are also secure as well,” he said.