Quick question: How many Passwords do you remember between your email accounts, bank accounts, job sites, social media sites, etc? I have close to 20!
I recently suffered from Forgotten Password migraine when moving my data to a new laptop where more often than once, I hit the “Forgot Password” button to retrieve my password. The easiest and perhaps the most fool-hardy method is to use the same password with everything. But then, that is akin to having just one key that opens everything from your house to your car. Not a good idea.
What are the alternatives to the regular alphanumeric password that are normally 6 or 8 characters in length? Biometrics is one key especially since we now have a phone, tablet and laptop that accesses the same set of websites such as your bank or social media. Facial recognition (and I think this is the next hulla ballu piece of software), finger print scanning and voice recognition have existed in some form or the other however were never used in a widespread manner due to software handicaps. I imagine the camera on your omnipresent 5 inch smartphone, 8 inch tablet and 13 inch laptop device could make facial recognition as the entry mechanism of choice. Yes, Face Unlock is present on Android but again, feels as a work in progress.
AMD recently launched the new generation of Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) and one of the applications optimized for these APUs is called AMD Face Login where users stare at a camera to access the PC – no need to type a password beyond the first time. But mind you, software like this is still limited to accessing email and social media and not currently available on enterprise systems like banking. If not pre-loaded on your next AMD laptop, you can download it from the AMD AppZone.
One might argue why finger print scanning will not gain traction over facial recognition and I’ll reuse my above statement as the opening argument – cameras are omnipresent across devices while finger print readers are a novelty that we primarily find on PCs. Including a fingerprint reader on a smartphone will probably drive up the cost and affect the thickness with current technology.
Additionally, a large part of the population is agnostic to the operating system that can create the seamless password experience – simply put, I have a BlackBerry smartphone, an Apple Tablet and a Windows-based PC. None of the 3 operating systems talk to each other seamlessly and therefore any attempt to have that one single facial recognition app might fail.
BUT the eternal question remains of how willingly are our email providers, banks and social websites to embrace facial recognition and replace the 8 character alphanumeric login. But then again, no password protection is fool-proof – probably a doppelganger’s face might allow him/her to log onto your system!!!