Passwords have been a part of the Internet since its very inception, and over time, even though standards have come and gone, passwords still remain one of the important pillars of security.
Sure, encryption standards have evolved, and we have moved on from storing passwords in plain-text (Believe us, there used to be such a time), but the quintessential part of any security system is still the password.
And as they say, a security system is as strong as its weakest link. And though current encryption standards are pretty much impenetrable, the weakest link is actually the users themselves. Users choose weak passwords that can easily be guessed, and many fall prey to phishing attacks.
This is why Google has started testing an alternative login method that eliminates passwords from the equation. Here’s how it works: You type in your Email, and instead of typing in your password, you get a notification on your phone, which you have to accept. That’s it, you are now logged in. A few taps on your phone, and you are logged in on that device.
It certainly is more user-friendly than entering an esoteric password, and more secure than passwords.
Sure, it’s not ideal having your phone on you all the time, but for those who do, this is an interesting compromise. Right now, the test participants have the option of using a password if they don’t have their phone.
Google has expressed interest in alternative login methods for years, and it even bought an Israeli startup for its interesting inaudible noise-based login method. In the future, we may see such alternative login methods becoming the norm, with the password being completely eliminated. What do you think? Is it time to spell doom for the password?