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A Post-Password Era is Coming

Updated: Apr 11, 2023

It's normal practice to use passwords to access our online lives. However, passwords come with a few associated inconveniences. Cybersecurity calls for ever-complicated rules. For instance, passwords may need to be a minimum length and contain a capital, number, or special character. Here's why we still need passwords but why they'll ultimately become a thing of the past.

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Why Use Passwords?

We continue to use passwords because of how simple and convenient they are. The advantage of using passwords is that they are:

● Simple to use

● Simple to change if they are hacked

● There are no problems with the compatibility

● Hardware upgrades are not required

● Businesses appreciate them since they can be used effectively and affordable

What is the Problem with Passwords?

They can be compromised in a variety of ways, and this is a problem. While attempts at cybersecurity breaches may be getting more sophisticated, the truth remains that passwords run afoul of human psychology, or more precisely, memory. There is a limit to how many complex passwords a person can remember without writing them down, which is one of the factors contributing to the emergence of password vault software.

As a result, sentences with emotional resonance are used whenever possible, making use of the same neural pathways that help people recall various information. Hackers can, however, more easily break the password due to familiarity. Here are some reasons why passwords are ultimately going away

● The username and static password login method are not safe.

● New laws now require more secure authentication mechanisms than a login and a static password.

● Utilizing a login and static password as their authentication method prevents businesses from fully digitizing their operations.

● End users want more user-friendly authentication procedures than a static password and a username.

● Organizations cannot afford to take a chance due to the potentially serious consequences of password leaks.

● One can no longer rely on physical access protection for protecting your digital information as the workforce becomes more mobile and apps move to the cloud.

Can you picture using the internet without having to worry about passwords getting in the way? With Passkeys, you can sign in in a new, easier way that works on any device and anywhere in the world.

What are Passkeys?

Passkeys are a password-free login option for apps and websites. They are digital credentials that are kept on your devices, and biometrics are used to access them. Because of this, they are incredibly secure while also being practical and convenient. It feels the same to sign in with a passkey as to unlock your phone with your face or fingerprint.

Even while passkeys are fairly simple to use, getting used to them may require some time. When using a passkey, there is nothing to "see," unlike with passwords. Consider a physical security key that you insert into your computer or phone while attempting to understand passkeys. Passkeys are fully software-based, yet they share the same underlying technology.

What Makes Passkeys More Secure than Passwords?

Passkeys, as opposed to passwords, are always secure and distinctive. They don't need to be typed out, changed, or committed to memory. Nobody will ever be able to guess your passkey or sneak a glimpse at it from behind you. It is impossible to use a passkey on the incorrect website mistakenly, and there is little possibility that it will result in a data breach.

Public-key cryptography is how passkeys achieve their high level of security. A passkey is composed of a lengthy private key generated on your device and never shared with anybody else. The website you're on cannot access your private key when you sign in using a passkey. It can only confirm that you have it and that it matches a compatible public key. Passkeys are hence extremely resistant to theft and phishing.

How Does a Passkey Work?

Passkeys employ Bluetooth engineering. Bluetooth requires close proximity, which enables user authentication.

After logging in and connecting accounts, the gadget receives a push notice through Bluetooth. The user must next enter their private key, which can be a PIN or a biometric identification, to unlock their device in order to generate a special public key linked to the login. The user won't need to remember a password for the subsequent login because they only need to enter the chosen credential when prompted, which is their private identifier. The username box will have a passkey option next to it.

You Have the Key to a Future Without Passwords

Your login information allows you to work quickly, shop securely, and protect your most sensitive data in addition to safeguarding your accounts. Passkeys must continue to be beneficial, available, and practical for everyone if we are to transition to a world without passwords successfully. Maintaining ownership of your data where it belongs, with you, is the best way to move ahead in this situation. We must resolve to make passkeys:

1) Secure

Passkeys are safer than passwords since they come with a unique key for each account and cannot be taken in a data breach. But it matters how you keep them. When it comes to safeguarding your data, "good enough" is insufficient.

2) Compatible

Passkeys that are interoperable should operate without glitches or workarounds. You must to be able to generate, manage, and authenticate using passkeys using the app or gadget of your choosing.

3) A Choice

You now have the freedom to select the password management system and security provider you want to use. We must make sure that decision is still yours to make as passkeys spread.

Passwords won't disappear overnight, of course, and the majority of us will continue to juggle passwords, passkeys, and other credentials like social logins and single sign-on for a very long time to come. No matter how you sign in, our aim is to give you the tools you need to keep on top of the complexity with a system you can always rely on.

At Mann Consulting, we believe in educating you to ensure that you’re able to safely run your business while having remote employees. Our team of experts can work with you to help you position your business for success. Get in touch with us today to learn more about our services and how we can help your business thrive!


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