Move over passwords... here come the crazy ideas

21 April 2015

password First, Yahoo! wanted to kill the password, and now Jonathan LeBlanc, global head of developer advocacy at PayPal, wants them dead too. As he says: "Passwords are not secure, they need to be replaced."

LeBlanc gave a presentation at a techie thing called 'Kill All Passwords', with a lot of people in thick-rimmed specs all nodding at the demise of passwords as we know them. "Passwords are so complex it's just a system that doesn't work anymore," chirruped CNET editor Dan Ackerman.

They've all been having a think about it and there's too many sites asking for too many passwords which are hard to come up with - minimum numbers for characters, with a symbol and a number in it, with upper and lowercase letters and all that jive - which is why a lot of people use passwords like '123456' and the evergreen 'password'.

LeBlanc reckons it is time to start thinking of weirder, more interesting things to get by our security measures, pointing out that there are people who are looking at scanning your eyes or face and, as you may know, Google are looking at a smart contact lens that measures the glucose in your tears. That's not enough for LeBlanc - he wants wearable circuit board tattoos, brain chip implants and password pills that will allow you to eat your way into devices.

You may think that your body being ID is already a thing with fingerprint sensors and the like, but LeBlanc said that PayPal is working with companies who will create scans of your veins and measure your unique heartbeat, instead of passwords.

LeBlanc says: "I ground a lot of my talks in reality, but toward the end of the presentation things get a little strange."

TOPICS:   Technology   Travel   Privacy

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