Technology to replace the hackable password

WASHINGTON – With a data breach or cyber hack being reported nearly every week, companies are racing to develop new technology to replace the password altogether.

Some companies, such as Microsoft, are charging full-speed toward a world without passwords, or without having to change them.

Tech Insider reports the software giant’s Windows 10 has a feature called Windows Hello, which lets users sign in using their faces. A small infrared camera with the ability to measure depth allows users to authenticate their identity using facial recognition technology.

The Canadian company Nymi is developing a heartbeat monitor that charts a user’s unique rhythm with a wristband, which can be used to do everything from signing into a work computer to buying coffee.

The Dutch bank ING has an app that lets users replace passwords with voice recognition technology, which is harder to crack than a password, Tech Insider reports.

Read more about researchers’ work in using brainwaves to bypass password sign-ins here.



Megan Cloherty

WTOP Investigative Reporter Megan Cloherty primarily covers breaking news, crime and courts.

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