Passwords are a dying breed. Maybe we just weren’t paying attention. Maybe we missed the official announcement. Maybe we expected the death of passwords to happen overnight. It didn’t. But one day it will.
Apple signaled the coming end to passwords back when Touch ID was introduced. Your fingerprint became your password. That’s all that was required to open an iPhone and iPad. A fingerprint. Yes, the fingerprint was attached to a password, but look what happened.
What Apple did was declare war on the password by creating a nearly perfect marriage of convenience and security. Longer and more complicated passwords mean higher security. Shorter and easier to remember passwords mean convenience. What Touch ID did was simple, elegant, and not exactly easy to accomplish, but Apple did it. Touch ID was and is convenient but very secure.
OK, let’s get one thing out of the way. Nothing is foolproof. Why not? Fools are so ingenious they can always find a way. That’s not what Touch ID or Face ID is about. The level of convenience is raised sky high with both, and the level of security is raised, too. Win. Win.
All Face ID did was to make security even more convenient. Apple also managed to make the same technology– Face ID and Touch ID– work with various applications and that means apps like 1Password can save your usernames and passwords and they can be accessed with a touch or a smile. If that’s not the beginning of the end for passwords I don’t know what is. A biometric scan of your brain?
Fingerprint scanners and facial recognition is nothing new but Apple managed to make both of them work well and ubiquitous is a short period of time. Steve Jobs would be proud. Even Microsoft is in on the act with their new Authenticator sign-in app for enterprise users (businesses, not the star ship). What’s different between Apple and Microsoft is the latter’s methodology is a convoluted system for corporate customers while Apple’s works for the masses.
Step by step, Apple’s fingerprint scanner technology and facial recognition system has helped reduce the need to remember passwords. We’re down to one. The one you need to open your iPhone or iPad after a restart. Any other usernames and passwords can be stored in 1Password or other applications that manage such information. iOS itself has built-in options for app developers to use the Touch ID or Face ID to log into their specific apps.
It may take awhile for that last password to be pushed aside, but just remember that Apple is the one that made a fingerprint scanner and facial recognition work for the masses. Convenience married security.
One more password to go and the end is near.