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What Will It Take to Kill Off the Password?

Back in 2004 at the RSA Security Conference, Bill Gates was campaigning for the replacement of the password by two-factor authentication or some other secure mechanism. inar dapibus leo.

In 2012, the Trustwave 2012 Global Security Report indicated that 80% (four out of five) of security incidents were linked to the use of weak administrative passwords. In 2016, the aftermath of the breach of 500 million Yahoo accounts in 2014 was still being felt, as stolen access credentials were used to compromise other accounts for which the Yahoo account holders were using the same passwords and credentials. Why do passwords still exist?

In a word, it’s about convenience – passwords are easy (too easy) to handle and use. Even the more complicated ways of constructing passwords can be made relatively easy to use for the password owner.