Will WebAuthn Finally Spell Doom for the Dreaded Password?
The new standard uses biometric and physical authenticators
Passwords stink. And everyone knows it. They are the weakest link in cybersecurity — easily stolen, guessed or toppled by password-cracking software. And with the average person managing between 100 to 130 online accounts, for everything from social media to online shopping, good password hygiene is a fantasy for most people.
Consider that a strong password is alphanumeric and includes a mix of symbols and capital and lowercase letters. They’re supposed to change often. Who can remember it all?
“There is no human being who is that smart,” says Frank Dickson, research vice president at IDC. “You just can’t do it.”
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