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The Future of Password Technology

Photo courtesy of Clare Bell via Flickr, modified by Curiousmatic.

Remembering passwords to multiple accounts can be difficult – taking a vitamin is easier. Could we see a change in password technology in the not so distant future?

The best password is an unpredictable one. This usually comes as a string of letters, numbers, and symbols with little to no coherence or resemblance to language.

But let’s face it – where on a daily basis users are faced with dozens of different accounts to log in to, it’s not uncommon that we forsake “password strength” for variations of the same, easily and memorable password.

Is there another way? Here are some existing technologies that might help you out, plus some wild in-development ideas.

Password Memorization Programs

Though it’s helpful that most computers at this point will memorize some passwords for you and log you in to your sites automatically, not all websites have this option, and it can put you in a real pickle when using a device or another computer.

There are a few password memorization programs already in existence –  RoboForm, KeePass, and LastPass, to name a few.

The best of these might be Dashlane – a password memorization program that is both free and highly rated, as well as the self-proclaimed world’s best password manager and secure eWallet.

Dashlane prides itself in intense security, automatic login and comprehensive security-breach alerts. It also allows users to create and save secure passwords on-site, send self-destructing passwords safely to colleagues, and identify which passwords are weak or reused.

FIDO Alliance – Fast Identity Detection Online

In July of 2012 the FIDO Alliance formed. This non-profit organization’s mission is to change the nature of authentication by making it both stronger and easier to use, preferably eliminating the need to memorize complicated passwords completely.

FIDO users would be able to log in using, rather than passwords, “authentication tokens.” Log-in could come in several forms, such as a password USB combined with a pin number, embedded hardware, or finger-swipe recognition.

Authenticity Pills and Tattoos

Google-owned company Motorola has some wildly different ideas in mind in regards to password technology.

Specifically, authentication in the form of tattoos is in development (already being used by project leader Regina Dugan). The wearable tech tattoo, according to Forbes, contains tiny sensors and an antenna to communicate with gadgets, so devices are only operable when that password signal is present.

The second idea comes in the form of a vitamin. Swallowed daily, the pill would turn a person’s entire body into a password with an internal signal powered by stomach acid. A medical version of such a vitamin is already approved by the FDA – so this might not be that far of a stretch as it seems.

What kind of password technology do you predict will be a hit? Tweet us @curiousmatic!

Jennifer Markert