Your Smartphone Is You, Your Password Should Be Too: A Revolution In Digital Security
Everyone with a computer has a sense of basic cyber security. We have passwords for bank accounts, e-retailers, email, social media and even music libraries. Consider the cellphone in your pocket, or probably in your hands reading this, a supercomputer, a 1080p HD video camera, a wallet and now a lifeline containing every daily necessity. We have all heard of the “more powerful than NASA’s first rocket to the moon…” comparison when acknowledging the power of the cellphone, but this only rings bells of grandpa’s stories walking uphill in the snow both ways. Technology is apart of our everyday routine, lifestyle, individuality and future. We are no longer dealing with a luxury but a fundamental piece of our identity.
Look around the room and see how ingrained these devices are in our culture. Cell phones have evolved into smartphones leaving security behind. But what happens when your mobile supercomputer is no longer in your control? What happens when someone else takes control of what we thought was secure? Cyber security must evolve in our world of cloud computing, sharing economies and social networks. Cyber security has been stagnant and in need of a revolution. Why would we continue to walk uphill both ways with traditional passwords?
As society becomes comfortable using apps and managing secure information within their mobile devices, the importance of identity security and authentication has never been so vital. Do you have a different password for every application or website asking for special characters, both capital and lowercase letters, a few numbers and a total of at least 8 characters? How do you remember all of these passwords? I hope you’re not writing them down in your Moleskine or, even worse, in your phone’s notes. Maybe you use the same password for everything; at least this way you can remember it, right? As I write this I am trying to think of ways to make passwords cool… popularity?
Each year SplashData releases the world’s most popular passwords from over 2 million leaked passwords derived predominantly from North America and Western Europe. Coming in first place is “123456,” with “password” close behind in second place. Joining the top 25 worst passwords of 2015 are the likes of “football,” “baseball,” and “welcome.” With this level of security, hackers say 1234 “letmein.” Popularity in passwords is obviously not so cool when your finances, family and safety are on the line. So what makes a good password?
According to security experts, passwords should have between 12 and 14 characters. Length trumps complexity when it comes to hacking time. Passwords over 12 characters can take thousands of years for computers to crack, but even then you have to remember these unique passwords.
There are many different strategies for creating complex passwords that you can remember like using passphrases such as transforming “I can’t wait to go to Flathead Lake this year” to “Icw2g2FL2016.” According to howsecureismypassword.net“Icw2g2FL2016” would take a computer three thousand years to crack. Wow, you’re set. But we have all been told to use different passwords for different accounts because realistically, at least one of these accounts will be leaked and acquired by your neighbor, maybe spammers or worse, a cyber criminal. In this mess we call mobile security, how can you join the new school of identity protection and throw passwords out?
Try a password manager, and a biometric backed password manager at that! Biometrics have evolved into locally encrypted password vaults offering the optimal solution for mobile security. Specifically, OneFaceIn is a biometric password manager intended to replace the current antiquated password methodology.
Unlike other password managers which require users to type in passwords, OneFaceIn captures users’ unique face and voice via a mobile device to create a secure mechanism that recognizes users to allow access to websites and apps. After a simple registration process, the solution acquires usernames and passwords seamlessly as users navigate the Internet or move about on their phone. Once this is accomplished, users will be remembered by apps and websites in the same way that they have always recognized a trusted friend … by their face and voice.
You no longer have to remember a password when your face and voice are your password. No one can hack your face and voice as you are the only one to hold the key. By using liveness detection, hackers are unable to use photographs or voice recordings to spoof the system. Additionally, because user’s credentials are locally encrypted, your phone is the only place this data is stored. If you are using the newest technology, you might as well protect your identity with the newest technology by using a biometric password manager. Your supercomputer smartphone is you, and your password should be too.