Are Passwords a Thing of the Past?

We have been using passwords since ancient times, long before computers.  A password provides that extra level of security that helps us sleep at night.  So are passwords really being phased out? Well if you look at the latest technologies such as Apple Pay and Windows 10, you can see why this could be a possibility. 

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Windows 10 and Apple Pay are just two of the many applications out there that have recently expanded security to bio-metrics.  Fingerprint scanning barely scratches the surface of known security software out there today.  There is technology out there that scans your eye's iris, along with facial recognition software and many others.  Of course, every technology has it's drawbacks and this technology would have to be 100% accurate every time.  Meaning that someone other than yourself, can not imitate the real account holder and break their way in. 

Besides a more secure barrier between you and those pesky hackers, you also have less to remember.  As we know, passwords need to be changed on a somewhat regular basis.  If all of our log ins are using bio-metric software, then we'll have no more instances of people being locked out of their work/home accounts, which would be a huge relief for all of us!  

Now all this fancy technology sounds cool, but we need to remember that a very good password can still provide many of the same security benefits of bio-metrics.  A simple password can easily be figured out by intruders, but even a mildly secure password has it faults. As hackers can use software that works on trying thousands and thousands of passwords to find out what your's is.  A great password should consist of lower and upper case letters, and numbers and symbols of at least eight characters. 

I'm sure passwords wont be completely wiped out of existence in the next couple of years. But with how fast technology develops in this day and age, we shouldn't feel too shocked if we start seeing more and more bio-metric security features tied in with our phones and computers.    

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