Microsoft signaled the end was neigh for passwords when it announced that its Windows 10 S operating system would ditch passwords by default if you go through the recommended setup process. Passwords are a big problem with an estimated 80% of security breaches caused by ineffective and insecure passwords according to a report issued by Verizon last year.
Microsoft isn't alone in trying to eliminate the password, Google, Apple, and others are doing the same thing. Replacements for passwords are mostly biometric with facial
"It's quite clear to us, that the era of the password is passing. Based on the significant amount of accounts that now exist, it doesn't scale as a system," said William Beer, a principal at business management consultancy EY told the LA Times.
Microsoft has called passwords a "relic" from the early days of computing. The software giant has also stated that the password has "outlived its usefulness" and its "ability to keep criminals at bay."
One big issue with passwords is that we need so many of them. Password management company Dashlane said that its average customer has 130 accounts with passwords. More and more devices are entering the market that
Some work does need to be completed on the technology side before biometrics can take over. Facial scanning has proven to be