Tougher gadget authentication could make the password extinct

passAre passwords no longer needed?

An article by Wall Street Journal reporter Chris Mims publishing his Twitter password suggests so and it’s stirring debate.

Chris Weber, co-founder of Casaba, a cyber security firm, told companies are looking to develop stronger security systems to protect online information.

“Right now there’s a big debate within the technology community over the role of the password going forward in consumer and industry technologies,” said Weber.

There is a new push for two-factor authentication (2FA), which industry experts believe can substantially reduce the significance of having a password. 2FA has two levels of security that verify the identity of the user.

“It’s definitely the best way to go – the cost [to upgrade] is slightly marginal compared to the benefit you’re going to get out of it,” said Weber.  More