The plot to kill the password

Russell Brandom, CanTech Letter, Apr 22, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Interesting look at the use of fingerprints for identification. The concept depends on two things: first, something called zero-knowledge proof, wherein the system knows that the fingerprint-based login was successful, but never has a copy of the fingerprint itself, and second (and related) the use of local devices to log you into remote services ("You’ve always got a finger and a phone, so logging in isn’t a problem, but the combination makes the security much, much harder to break"). The specification is being promoted by the FIDO Alliance, which includes most major vendors (except, of course, Apple, which never plays well with others). As for me, I would not mourn the passing of the password.

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