The Impending Death of the Password

Thanks to companies like MobileIron, device passwords (believed to date back to the 1960s, thanks to an MIT time-shared computer) may be on their way out once and for all. Since most people use weak passwords for most of their logins and companies oftentimes offer flawed storage and security systems, the default security option isn’t the most intelligent one anymore. Instead, companies are beginning to rely on verification from other devices (phones, watches, etc) and your unique make-up (with biometric verifiers like Apple’s Touch ID or Face ID). Much like how unlocking your phone also unlocks a multitude of apps, MobileIron’s “zero sign-on” would do so for a suite of logins. MobileIron’s CEO, Simon Biddiscombe says, “I just stare at my device, and my device knows it’s me, and the enterprise opens access to the various services I need.” Read more at Fast Company.