New tech could lead to password-free future

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(WPRI) — New technology could soon replace passwords for accessing accounts online.

So, how exactly would we log-in without a password?

There are a few options in the works, including smart devices, USB “keys” (devices that plug into your computer), or biometrics — like face identification or fingerprints.

Some of these methods would be done right on your cellphone, which would then communicate with the website.

The World Wide Web Consortium — the organization that creates internet standards — just approved a new protocol called “Web Authentication,” which includes all of these methods.

Google has already said the use of physical security keys to access computers eliminated breaches within the company.

The consortium says passwords that are stolen, weak, or left as default are to blame for 81% of data breaches.

Web Authentication is already enabled system-wide on Chrome OS and Windows 10, and on most browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, and Safari.

But even though big progress has been made, it will still be some time until we can forget all of our letter, number, and special character combinations.

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