Google, Apple and Microsoft could end passwords ‘within twelve months’

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By strengthening multi-factor authentication or thanks to the development of new technologies, the major IT companies Apple, Google and Microsoft could do without passwords “within twelve months”. Or is it actually possible, and are the alternatives effective? Decryption.

Within a year, passwords may all be obsolete. The three digital giants Microsoft, Apple and Google have announced that they have reached an agreement aimed at leading to new authentication methods. A small revolution for computer security, which should be implemented “within twelve months”.

Facial, digital or voice recognition, no more series of letters and numbers that are difficult to remember. This collective price of conscience is linked to the “FIDO open standard” (Fast Identity Online Alliance), whose goal is to put an end to passwords.

The idea is to fight more effectively against certain forms of computer piracy such as “phishing” or “phishing”, a technique whose aim is to communicate personal data through fraudulent SMS or emails.

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To justify its move, Google said, “We’ve been laying the groundwork for a passwordless future for more than a decade.” Recalling all the same that today: “passwords are essential to online security” but that “defenses such as two-step verification” are necessary to ensure its cybersecurity.

Can the password really disappear?

Present for decades, the password is not likely to leave the homes of the French anytime soon. Yannick Pech, expert in cybersecurity and cyberdefense specifies: “It takes a lot more than a year for passwords to disappear” because “the multi-factor authentications” that large firms like Apple, Google or Microsoft put in place, ” piggyback on the first factor itself requiring a password”.

There is still a long way to go before the total democratization of authentications no longer requiring passwords. Today, the challenge is rather to solidify multi-factor authentication.

On this, Apple specifies: “Password-only authentication is one of the biggest security problems on the Web”. The American company adds that: “managing a large number of passwords is tedious” and can lead to “paid account takeovers, data breaches and even stolen identities”.

Are the “new solutions” effective?

If alternatives like facial recognition succeeded in permanently replacing the password, would that mean the end of hacking? Yannick Pech continues: “Facial recognition systems are still quite bad, the best being Apple’s Face ID. Anyway, all the hacker needs is to have a 3D printer, print your face and c ‘is finished”.

The password may still have a bright future ahead of it: “the idea of ​​its completion seems very attractive and reassuring, but if you know how to correctly write your password, there is no better”, says Yannick Pech.

The use of robust passwords, using a password manager, coupled with a second authentication factor, reinforced “considered” its digital security, concluded the expert.

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