Despite the technology industry being home to rapid change, it’s hard to believe that a solution created nearly 60 years ago still remains the primary method used to protect ourselves digitally.
Users want easy, quick and secure authentication – but passwords are no longer a secure solution. With compromised credentials being the top cause of reported data breaches, the adoption of a new and improved security method is becoming more and more imperative.
Why go passwordless in 2020?
User Experience (UX): Passwordless authentication means no more user-memorised secrets, no more remembering your cat’s, sister’s maiden name and overall and improved, safer authentication process.
Removing passwords from login means users no longer have to devise and remember a password for each of their accounts. It also means they do not have to type them in every time they log on and also insures that no cryptation software can attempt various complex logins to hack into an account.
Better Security: User-controlled passwords are a major vulnerability. Users reuse passwords and can share them with others. Passwords, the biggest attack vector, also are vulnerable to credentials stuffing, corporate account takeover (CATO), password spraying, brute force attacks, and more.
Passwordless authentication is already quite common on many devices, which use biometrics and facial recognition, so it seems as though passwordless access is ready to take over from password authentication, whether on desktops or servers.
Passwordless authentication is more secure than password-based security, and it appears that employees, IT, and management will all benefit from the ease of use and cost-reduction that results from implementing passwordless authentication.
When it comes to security, the time to act is now.