The Future Of Passwordless Authentication
No one enjoys working with passwords, but they are sometimes necessary for keeping all our accounts secure. You likely already make sure your passwords are strong and difficult to crack. You might even go the extra step, and never use the same password for more than one account at once. When you change your password every few months, it limits how long a stolen password is useful to an attacker. If someone steals your password and you don’t know about it, the attacker could potentially eavesdrop for an unlimited time and steal all sorts of information about you or do other damage. Therefore, for decades now, many security guidelines have recommended frequent password changes, usually between 30 to 180 days – for example: the Windows domain password has a default of 42 days. There are many tips to make sure your passwords are strong and kept safe.
1. Make sure all your passwords are strong and unique
2. Use a password manager so you don’t need to memorize or write down your passwords. Not only will password managers store all your passwords in an encrypted vault, but they will fill them in for you. Password managers will audit your existing passwords, looking for those that are old, weak or repeated, and will generate new passwords for each of your accounts.
3. Choose a password that is easy to remember with a minimum of 12 characters that includes a combination of mixed alphabetical, numeric characters and symbols etc.
Even if we try very hard to keep our passwords secure, they sometimes can still be accessed. Many organizations have been searching for other methods of authentication to replace them. Have you ever heard of passwordless authentication? It is a new word in secure authentication for identity and access management (IAM) solutions. Passwords can sometimes be a weakness for consumers and corporate as they are the number one target for cyber criminals. Passwordless authentication is a type of multi-factor authentication (MFA), but it replaces passwords with a more secure form of authentication like fingerprint or a PIN. When it comes to multi-factor authentication, two or more factors are required for verification when someone is logging in. Passwordless connections allow users to log in without the need to remember a password. Instead, users enter their mobile phone number or email address and receive a one-time code or link, which they can then use to log in. Here are some benefits of using passwordless authentication.
1. Improved user experience – users only need to supply an email address or phone number to sign up – making their login time very short. Also users no longer have to remember several different passwords or risk compromised security for reusing the same ones
2. Increased security – Not having a password to login protects users from all attacks that rely on accessing passwords. This means man-in-the-middle and phishing attacks would be reduced.
3. Fast and convenient – The process of remembering and entering passwords sometimes takes longer, especially if the characters are complex. But when you eliminate passwords during authentication, the process becomes easy and quick.
Passwordless authentication will continue to evolve in the future. Most organizations still use traditional passwords as their core authentication method but the issues with passwords is expected to increase driving many businesses using IAM to move toward multi-factor authentication and passwordless authentication. You’re probably already familiar with some forms of passwordless from everyday use like logging into an app using faceID on iOS or Androids fingerprint authentication. By removing the past reliance on usernames and passwords, passwordless authentication increases organization’s security by reducing the overall attack surface and eliminating the risk of compromised confidential information. Not only is remembering password characters a pain but it can be very time consuming.
Another recommendation is using a password manager. Not only will password managers store all your passwords in an encrypted vault, but they will fill them in for you. Password managers will audit your existing passwords, looking for those that are old, weak or repeated, and will generate new passwords for each of your accounts. If you are looking for a Password Manager or a Privileged Access Management solution for a business, we would be happy to talk and to share with you our experience and technology solutions. Contact SEGMENTECH today!