Are passwords going to be a thing of the past?


Are passwords going to be a thing of the past?

Dear CNET Members,

Happy Tuesday, everyone! Before I get to today’s topic I want to provide you with links to some videos that tell you all about the new foldable phones that are creating some buzz. One of them, the Galaxy Fold, is set to hit shelves this year. The other, announced by Huawei at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, is another look at a possible futuristic foldable phone. Check out the videos and form your own opinions, but I personally think they’re pretty darn cool. A tablet and a phone in one seems practical and I think there’s a possibility these designs will catch on. I’m going to hold off on purchasing until the price goes down, and until I’m sure they’ve worked out all the kinks, but all in all, they’ve caught my attention.

This week’s topic is about Google’s aspirations to eventually get rid of the traditional passwordprotection for your Android device and replace it solely with fingerprint scanning. Fingerprint scanning for log-in purposes has been around for a while, as well as for downloads, but Google reportedly is seeking to nix the traditional password altogether. Traditional passwords are riskier due to hacking — with increased computing power comes a greater ability to guess complicated passwords and eventually a greater risk of being hacked — and other security issues.

Two-factor authentication and biometric security aim to defend against such risks. Fingerprints are much harder to steal and replicate than passwords. This is why many industry professionals see the future of security going the biometric route.

This sounds perfectly fine to me, but some people in the comments on our articles feel differently. Is having your fingerprint as the sole login method really more secure? Is the difference between passwords and biometrics even a big deal? Check out the article and decide for yourself and share your thoughts in the comments. That’s all for now, have a great rest of your week.

Nicolas Towner  Nicolas Towner / Audience Development Intern

Author: Gilbert Tan TS

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