Google Aims To Eliminate Need For Passwords, Looks To Cryptography
Worse, even with good passwords, you can still be cracked, hacked, or phished. Security measures such as two-factor authentication help, but facing two or three screens before you can log into to your checking account is time-consuming and annoying.
Secure USB key (Image credit: Google, via Wired)
Google is tackling this issue by looking into using cryptography. According to Wired, which apparently got a sneak peek at a paper a pair of high-ranking Googlers will soon be publishing in IEEE Security & Privacy Magazine, that could include USB cryptography cards, a smart card-embedded ring, or authenticated devices such as your smartphone to securely log in to your online accounts.
Wired compares devices like a cryptographic USB card or authenticated smartphone to a “car key” for your online life; without it, nothing can start. (Unless, to follow the metaphor, you get hotwired.)
While a USB card would be a physical key of sorts, other devices such as a smart ring would use some sort of wireless protocol, which Google is reportedly developing. Wired says that the protocol would not be a Google product per se, indicating that it would work on any site that implements the measure.
This technology can’t come soon enough. Hopefully in just a few years we’ll be laughing about the bad old days of usernames and passwords.