In the future, the Internet will use biometric readings and Dorky Lanyard security keys!
The days when we used passwords such as our names in combination with numbers, for example, “Alen1234”, are completed. This code is very easy to “breakthrough” using advanced attacks and malware systems. These passwords were not only outdated, but they were also insecure to every owner.
FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) has found an excellent solution. This company has developed a new standard called “Web Authentication”. Now, each site using an application’s interface may require users to log in with at least two steps required to authenticate with the ability to use biometric data for one or more of them.
However, multiple authentications can be a burden for users because they will have to connect private keys with a personal phone number, which could later lead to locking the phone number. But, in most cases, the use of “Web Authentication” standards is very simple and has no consequences for use.
This standard was ready for massive use in 2014, but the company did not have a solution on how to implement it on mobile phones. Today, when every smartphone has at least one type of biometric sensor (fingerprint readers, face recognition software and other similar options), that time has finally come.
The “Web Authentication” standard is easy to use on smartphones, but what about devices that do not have fingerprint readers and face recognition software? There may be a “problem” here because, in this case, an external part of the hardware must be used which will be compatible and which will support the standard.
Security companies, such as Yubico, have developed hardware keys in the form of USB ports that are used to authenticate. It’s quite safe to carry a USB pendant with you to be able to use this standard, and it’s not the most ideal solution, but it’s better than having someone “breakthrough” a simple password. However, safety should be at the forefront.
All this may sound a bit complicated and hard, but we’ll get used to it soon as our search engines start using it. Google Chrome and Windows Edge have already shown interest in using this technology. Mozilla Firefox has already adopted it, while Apple’s Safari has not yet shown interest, although Apple has started to work with the associated group, so it might be expected to participate.
“My biometric data all over the Internet, do you say?” Yes, this really sounds awful – we all know what bad things could happen when personal data ends in the wrong hands. Does technology now want your fingerprints as well as a scanned face? It’s understandable if you do not want to be part of this kind of protection.
However, we must keep in mind that we need an additional security feature on the Internet and that this kind of protection will become our everyday life. It turned out that passwords are no longer so impenetrable and that they can pose a real danger to privacy. Also, it is sometimes very difficult to remember all the passwords we use for different sites, so the use of this biometric reading is of great benefit. It is much easier for users to scan their finger, and therefore, they get incomparably greater protection from hacking profiles and information we have on the Internet. Users, without fear, should adopt new technologies that will ultimately be very useful to them.