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Passwords – A Thing of the Past?

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Posted: Feb 21, 2021 | Reading Time: 2 Minutes


Pretty much every website you go on today to shop, learn, work, or yet another social media site requires you to create an account. And with accounts, come passwords.

The average person has 100 passwords to remember, and it’s hard to believe that they can remember them all. Let’s face it, we’re all guilty of password carelessness, whether it’s by using the same password for multiple accounts, keeping your sign-in info for multiple sites on an easily-accessible page of your notes app on your phone, or still using simple passwords that are just combinations of two or three letters or numbers (usually involving “abc” or “123.”) Or worse, just the word “password.” This is why passwords are failing more and more in security measures.

According to NordPass, 42% of companies were breached all due to somebody’s bad password in 2019, and compromised passwords are responsible for 81% of hacking-related breaches. Even when sites prompt you to update your password every so often, a HelpNetSecurity survey has found that 35% of people never change their passwords. If passwords are frequently causing these issues, why haven’t they been made obsolete yet?

Luckily, a new technology called FIDO (short for Fast Identity Online) addresses these long-standing password issues. Created by the FIDO Alliance, it employs physical security keys in the form of USBs for authentication as opposed to passwords. When you visit a site and log in, you’ll enter your username as normal; but instead of typing in a password, you’ll plug the physical security key into your computer, which will employ your computer’s biometric authentication, such as Apple’s Touch ID or Windows Hello, to sign you in. You can also use your phone as a security key if you don’t have the physical USB on hand.

Organizations such as Microsoft and Apple have already joined the FIDO Alliance, with Google even currently selling their own version of the security key. For now, passwords are still the norm, but the FIDO security key is clearly a step towards the future of password security.

ClinTech Systems specializes in healthcare and business informational technology. We are the leading experts in HIPPA, PHI software compliance, integration of CRM, EMR, HRIS, Data Relays, Office 365, managed information technology systems, and offer CIO consultation to increase efficiency and enhance productivity. Our staff is highly focused on leading strategic innovations, troubleshooting complex problems, and building bulletproof solutions.

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