When will the era of passwords come to an end?

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I personally have to manage upwards of 180 passwords on a regular basis and lots of folks deal with more than that. Sure, you can simplify by reusing passwords, but common sense says that's a bad idea. But better systems inevitable require you manage them in a password app or equivalent, which opens another vulnerability, as cracking that data store can net a crook your entire password collection. Clearly, there's progress to be made here.
The reported theft of 1.2 billion email passwords by Russian hackers earlier this month was just the latest in a long string of major password security breaches that have led some people to wonder if the use of passwords should be abandoned.
But given recent breaches of systems and so on, the BBC is asking the inevitable question, which is has the flawed password system finally reached its end, and if so, what will replace it? Check out their review of alternatives, including digital portraits, voice recognition, and more.

What about Pipedotters: how do you manage your passwords, and which direction makes sense for this not-evolving-fast-enough technology?

Keychain (Score: 1)

by harmless@pipedot.org on 2014-09-02 00:48 (#2RZG)

For me, the system keychain (OS X/iOS) is good enough.

As for replacing passwords with something else: I haven't seen a convincing replacement yet and I can't think of one myself either.

One problem is, that passwords work for a huge variety of use cases.
Example: A random web page wants me to sign in for no apparent reason. I can just make up a new password and use a temporary email address. I wouldn't want to use any authentication method - like a smart card or something - that was tied to my identity.
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