The technology behind the average password is nearly 30 years old. It’s outdated. Yet we still rely on it. These days, everything requires a password and can be accessed online: your bank accounts, social media accounts, tax accounts, email accounts, gaming accounts, music accounts, etc.
It’s too many passwords to remember! So most people end up using the same password for everything, only compounding the problem of using outdated technology. Cyber crooks have already figured out how to crack a lot of passwords and if they figure out a user has used that same password for every online account they have, well, then that user is going to have a really bad day. And in light of the recent Heartbleed bug, everyone has experienced how fragile the current password system is.
Technology is trying to keep up, but having trouble doing so. In 2013, Apple debuted their iPhone 5s, which introduced the idea of using biometrics to password protect the user’s lockscreen. But after oohing and ahhing over the new technology, many users found they had trouble with the latest and greatest tech improvement.
This month Samsung is following up on the biometrics front and introducing a fingerprint scanner in their new Galaxy phone. But reviewers claim their design also has flaws.
No doubt, companies like Apple and Samsung recognize the need for more secure lock methods when it comes to password protecting devices. Then again, maybe we already have a more secure lock method for the time being; Android’s pattern password stumped even the FBI.