What is the future of passwords?

The industry is slowly moving towards getting rid of passwords once and for all, but what will replace them?

Chances are your cybersecurity department is quite familiar with passwords – plenty of them are forgotten every year and require resetting. The fact of the matter is, no one really likes them; they’re hard to remember and easy to compromise by hackers.

Since the introduction of two-factor authentication, things have gotten a little bit more secure. The idea behind two-factor authentication is that having a successful login also requires an additional step of inputting a special code sent to your smartphone, the chances of letting the wrong person inside the account become somewhat smaller.

Then, biometrics and facial recognition were introduced, at least in the world of smartphones, taking them one step ahead of the one ruled by traditional computers. No one disagrees with how much more convenient locking and unlocking your smartphone has become thanks to these technologies.

Microsoft is also working towards eliminating passwords in Windows 10. Instead, a combination of multi-factor authentication and biometrics will be used via Windows Hello. One UK bank is also planning to use Windows Hello to allow their customers to access their accounts via fingerprints or facial recognition.

Moreover, the National Cyber Security Centre, UK’s cybersecurity agency, has made a change to their guidelines. From now on, the government agencies area advises to use Windows Hello for Business as part of their Windows 10 deployments.

Despite the challenges, things are surely moving in the right direction, at least from a security point of view.