Published on February 24, 2023
Maintaining security demands ever longer, complex passwords with frequent changes, now augmented by installing and using multifactor authentication (MFA), with all passwords encrypted in transit and either encrypted or hashed at rest, and further augmented with biometrics. And we're all using it to protect our PII.
People are frustrated with passwords and just wish for the simplest access possible, instead of having to carry a cognitive burden, and having to jump through hoops all the time to keep their PII safe and secure.
All passwords and passphrases will be obsolete.
This is not unlikely to happen: The increase in affordable computing power provided by the cloud is not only providing companies application resources, but also providing adversaries with more password-cracking resources. Meanwhile, users continue to choose weak passwords, and as a result, there is a strong push to support alternative identification and authentication mechanisms.
Mechanisms going beyond something one knows (password) and/or something one possesses (phone, fob) and/or even what one is (fingerprint, retinal print). Maybe we'll be using who one is, in the form of episodic memory because who are we but the stories we tell (ourselves), or in the form of our thoughts, because "I think therefor I am" ...
Raw magic crackled from their spines, earthing itself harmlessly in the copper rails nailed to every shelf for
that very purpose. Faint traceries of blue fire crawled across the bookcases and there was a sound, a
papery whispering, such as might come from a colony of roosting starlings. In the silence of the night the
books talked to one another. A student