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Always On: Why your eyeball is the future of passwords
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Always On: Why your eyeball is the future of passwords

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NFC keys, and fingerprint and eyeball scanning are all new technologies being developed to enable users to better log in to a mobile device. Molly Wood demos some of the newest techniques that could finally kill the password.

-It seems like every laptop, tablets, smartphone and website has some kind of password. And that makes sense we need to have our data protected but it's also impossible to keep track of a password for every website we visit or every device that we own. -So, the vision that I see for the future is one key all internet. So, in my key chain here, literally this is my key to my house, to my bike and this is the key to my internet. -Yubico's YubiKey uses NFC technology to make logging into smartphones and laptops more seamless. -This is an application I will log into LastPass, which is one of the password manager supports Yubikey. -Right. -And I'll put my key behind my phone and it will automatically launch the application. -Great. NFC is like magic every time you use it. -There's a little doubt that password authentication is an area right before innovation and the big guys are definitely keen to kill the password. Google is looking into Yubico's tech for its Chrome Books, while Microsoft is playing with picture password protection with Windows 8, then there's Apple's recent buyout of AuthenTec, a fingerprint biometrics company. PIPA in the UK is also targeting biometrics by developing fingerprint-based authentication for tablets and smartphones. And Bionime will soon be shipping software that uses a sample of your electrocardiogram to log in and authenticate. But the coolest tech I've seen lately is iVerify. This startup uses your smartphone's camera to image and pattern mash the blood vessels in the whites of your eyes. -It's gonna take pictures. -Look up into the right. -So, we have to do this two or three times initially. -Look up into the left. -Look up into the right. -All right. So, you're now enrolled. Right. -Cool. -Yes. So, now, we will see if we can get you verified and now do that exact same thing again. -Look up into the left. -Right there, look up into the left. -Look up into the right. -And you're in. -And I'm in. -There you. Look at that. -Wow. -Still not everyone is convinced that biometrics is the way for the future. -We have choose today not to include biometrics because my biometrics is static information and-- -True but no one can steal it. -Yes. -Well, I guess they could steal your eyeball. I saw that on movie once. -They can steal a picture of your face and picture off your fingerprints and it's already happened. -But iVerify has an answer for that. -No one outside of terrible action movies can take my act for me. -We know for anything, when your blood stops pumping, different things happen to your blood vessels, they're kinda small pressurized, flexible tubing. They actually change significance. -All right. -So, you can't actually steal someone's eye. There you go. -Nor picture of the eye, nor video of the eye. -Take that Hollywood. -Yes. -So, whether it's your fingerprint, your heart rate, your eyeball or a key that you carry around, I think we can all agree that the password's days are numbered. And that is a good thing.
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