MISTER ScienceAintSoBad has many passwords. I keep a list. If it ever fell into the wrong hands, a stranger – maybe a scientologist or an astrologer – could impersonate me. A fake MISTER ScienceAintSoBad could ruin our relationship. I would hate that. So I work hard to protect my list of passwords.
You’re careful with your own passwords, right? But not everyone is as crazy meticulous as you. Most people do stuff like 123456 for their passwords. And use it over and over too.
Stupid? I guess. But people have other things on their minds. And they usually get away with it.
Sometimes they don’t.
Billions and billions of dollars are lost to account hacking. McCafee said it might be a trillion dollars worldwide. Maybe it’s not that bad. But it’s bad.
Supposedly, every single account should have its own login and password. And these should be changed often.
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Most people aren’t ever going to manage their passwords right. They’re just not. As long as we rely on people using passwords right, we’re pretty much screwed.
So Google has developed a device that can make passwords unnecessary. It has as much of a stake in getting rid of passwords as anyone.
Here’s its plan.
Google wants people to own a thing.
Right now it’s called the Yubikey Neo. It will probably get a better name and a cute Google-like icon. The Yubikey Neo has some impressive technology behind it and it’s already gaining support from other big players who don’t like passwords either.
Where did I find this?
It’s in an article by Amadou Diallo (Forbes Magazine) which describes the idea. Yubikey Neo plugs into the USB port of your computer. Or your tablet or your phone. When it’s plugged in, security gets easy. Once you log in, all you need is a simple four digit pin. The real security is in Yubikey Neo.
The first version is only for stuff with NFC (Near Field Communication chips) – mostly Android phones and tablets. The “pilot project” has gone great. It shouldn’t be too too long til the wraps come off publicly and, by next year, it should be available for non-NFC stuff meaning pretty much everything.
MISTER ScienceAintSoBad likes this. PayPal, Mastercard, Lenovo, LG, and NXP are already lined up. That means it should have a good chance.
I hope so.
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