Dare we dream of a password-free future?

Published in Horizon, 10 Nov 2015

Memorising random strings of letters, numbers and symbols seems like an inevitable nuisance of internet life, but new devices currently under development could ease the burden by rendering passwords a thing of the past.

The devices – which consist either of multiple, physical keys or ‘biometric’ sensors – aim to improve digital security without relying on people to remember passwords at all.

Currently, experts in internet security recommend that every password ought to be a long, unguessable string of letters, numbers and symbols. But since most users need to remember dozens of unique passwords – for everything from internet banking to email and online shops – that recommendation can seem rather optimistic. […]

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