Enjoy a comfortable sense of security; a false one, though

“Apple to let you sign up for services with Face/Touch ID instead of passwords” https://mashable.com/article/apple-passkeys/?

It reads “In a WWDC developer session titled “Move beyond passwords,” Apple engineer Garret Davidson shows a new feature, allowing users to sign up for new online services using Face ID or Touch ID instead of a password. “

Hearing big players like Apple uttering ‘cryptographic keys’, many people might well automatically feel safe. However, the fact is the addition of cryptographic keys does not make up for the absence of passwords.

The outcome is a false sense of security; You feel as if you were safer when you are actually less safe. This could often be even more detrimental to safety than known absence of security.

Where we need solid security, we need to deploy a solid password for defending the cryptographic keys. Our observation is explicitly outlined here — “Removal of Passwords and Its Security Effect”


Well, you might now ask “What can we do to solidly defend cryptographic keys by our secret credentials?

Our answer is to re-generate the keys from our episodic image memory on the fly as outlined here — “Try and experience the simulation of ‘On-the-fly Key Regeneration’ by yourself”

Key References

Account Recovery with Expanded Password System

For Achieving Solid Digital Identity on Information Security Buzz (Mar/2021)

What We Know for Certain about Authentication Factors

Digital Identity for Global Citizens

Image-to-Code Conversion by Expanded Password System

Summary and Brief History — Expanded Password System

Proposition on How to Build Sustainable Digital Identity Platform

Additional References

Removal of Passwords and Its Security Effect
Negative Security Effect of Biometrics Deployed in Cyberspace

External Body Features Viewed as ‘What We Are’

History, Current Status and Future Scenarios of Expanded Password System

Availability-First Approach

Update: Questions and Answers — Expanded Password System and Related Issues

< Videos on YouTube>

Slide: Outline of Expanded Password System (3minutes 2seconds)

Digital Identity for Global Citizens (10minutes — narrated)

Demo: Simplified Operation on Smartphone for consumers (1m41s)

Demo: High-Security Operation on PC for managers (4m28s)

Demo: Simple capture and registration of pictures by users (1m26s)

Slide: Biometrics in Cyber Space — “below-one” factor authentication


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Advocate of ‘Identity Assurance by Our Own Volition and Memory’, Inventor of Expanded Password System and Founder of Mnemonic Identity Solutions Limited in UK.