Don’t be So Irrational
Today’ topic — “Microsoft, Apple, Google accelerate push to eliminate passwords” https://www.theregister.com/2022/05/05/microsoft-apple-google-fido/
Presumably due to the collective influence of the players, especially as deep-pocket sponsors, many tech media are loudly taking up this non-new news,
From my experience, I could consider three possible cases of getting to being ‘passwordless’ -
(1) the likes of passwords (=secret credentials to be fed by citizens’ volition) are to be literally eliminated,
(2) alphanumeric passwords are to be removed but the likes of pincodes are to stay in their authentication schemes because numbers-only pincodes should not be viewed as the password,
(3) passwords are to stay as a fallback measure against false rejection of fingerprints and face biometrics but are to be declared to be ditched because the fallback measures are usually skipped but would be required only in the cases of false rejection.
In the case of (1), I coincidentally I posted this comment a couple of days ago -“Digital Dystopia” https://www.linkedin.com/posts/hitoshikokumai_democracy-privacy-ethics-activity-6927814869891096577-eUEd
As for (2), it would be up to them to claim that they can achieve a knife-less kitchen by ditching kitchen knives while keeping a paper knife instead in the kitchen, if it be the norm in their world
Coming to (3), they could come up with new dictionaries which give extra meanings to ‘eliminate’, ‘remove’, ‘ditch’ and the like.
Below are the comments I had posted yesterday on this topic -
“Ditch Password to Ditch Security” https://www.linkedin.com/posts/hitoshikokumai_us-tech-titans-look-to-ditch-passwords-activity-6928245502828298240-t_3D
“‘Password-less’ Means ‘Volition-less” https://www.linkedin.com/posts/hitoshikokumai_microsoft-apple-and-google-to-support-fido-activity-6928235716489474048-LNGO
History tells us that dominant voices, however loud, are often wrong. We may well be witnessing one of such cases.
Don’t lend a hand to the misguided people who are damaging the defence of democratic nations from within.
Be rational and logical. Good cybersecurity is achievable only when it comes with identity assurance by our volition and memory.