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Everyone hates using passwords for security

Tuesday, 21 Jul 2015

Information Age

So how do they keep cheating death?

How is it that username-password security continues to cheat death – even when 60 percent of internet thinks its “cumbersome” and 77 percent want a better way to authenticate?

These are findings from a new Accenture report, which takes aim at the humble password and – once again – predicts its impending doom.

“The widespread practice of typing usernames and passwords to log on to the internet might soon become obsolete,” Accenture’s Internet and Social managing director Robin Murdoch said.

“Consumers are increasingly frustrated with these traditional methods because they are becoming less reliable for protecting their personal data such as email addresses, mobile phone numbers and purchasing history.”

Accenture is not the first to wish the death penalty on the password for its perceived insecurity sins.

But security researchers like Steve Wilson, principal analyst at Constellation Research, aren’t buying these latest death threats.

“People will say the password has been cheating death but that assumes the premise of the question that passwords were ever going to die,” Wilson told Information Age.

“I was at a cloud identity summit in 2013 and every other presentation was on the death of the password, but I looked around an audience of 600 identity specialists all on laptops and mobile phones, and every single one of them was using a password to log onto their device.

“Whenever somebody writes 'the password must die', I ask them the machine they wrote that blog on - how did they log onto their blog site? There's a level of hypocrisy, of overhyping.”

Accenture’s survey attempts to sound out respondents – of which there were 24,000 globally – on perceived secure alternatives to the password.

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