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We all use online services and accounts consistently, and security best practices mandate that each require a strong, unique password.
The concept of “passwordless” authentication has been making the rounds in the media and the industry.
Who wouldn’t want a simpler way?
Passwords will always remain as a backup choice
Almost everyone who has an Apple device has experienced a Touch ID issue at one point or another.
There are more than a few reasons Touch ID may fail—debris on the button, users’ finger positioning, or system configuration, to name just a few.
Because of this, a hacker can ignore Touch ID and go straight into a password attack after you have enabled Touch ID for all of your apps and services.
So the security here really is only as good as your password.
Credentials used as an authentication method
Authentication credentials still have to be entered at some stage of the security chain because there have to be some verification checks.
Why Passwords Will Not Disappear Anytime Soon
Those two examples show that passwordless technology is largely smoke and mirrors until additional authentication measures are implemented.
Passwords will be required for a significant time until new invisible security mechanisms are deployed.
Despite this apparent flaw, passwords remain the world’s most popular authentication method.
They’re cheap and scalable, so they’re an appealing opportunity. All passwords are compatible across all devices, versions, and operating systems.
Don’t Believe the Passwordless Hype
At the moment, a passwordless world remains a far-off dream.
While our dependence on passwords may slow, it seems that they are here to stay.
Therefore, organizations must protect their passwords. Even if some miracle creates a passwordless world, passwords will always be used as secondary measures to log into accounts.
And there are also many benefits to securing data or an account with a password. But we will discuss that in another blog post!