March 6th, 2017

More Bad News for Password Security...

According to a new survey of 1,000 respondents by Keeper Security, more than 80 percent of folks ages 18 and up reuse the same password across multiple accounts.

"Our findings indicated that password reuse across different applications is frequent, average password strength for mobile applications and websites is low and that most users rarely change passwords," Keeper wrote in a summary of its survey data.

They also found that 29 percent of respondents share passwords with two or more people, and that 60 percent of people had to reset a password in the past 60 days. 

This is more bad news for passwords and exemplifies just how easy it is for hackers to infiltrate our online privacy.

And the survey has validity as most that I know are reusing the same password to access multiple websites or apps.

Yet here’s the challenge.

Will we be accessing fewer websites and applications in the future or more? Beyond personal utilization, isn’t there a trend of businesses migrating their activity online; thereby increasing the need for online security? For most the solution to online security has been the password, thus the need for a change.

I’m a great believer in recycling but passwords shouldn’t be recycled! But, how does one maintain, manage and remember a password for every website and app? You would have to be the “Rainman” of passwords.

There’s a plethora of options because passwords are not the only form of authentication. Proximity cards, tokens, PINs, knowledge based – challenge response questions all offer ways to identify. But are the convenient? Don’t you pity the retail clerk that has to swipe their card for every transaction and how hard is it for another employee to take their card and swipe it? Security? I think not!

In 1993 BIO-key recognized that the fingerprint would eventually serve a more purposeful role. Our scientists and engineers envisioned a world where the fingerprint serve purposes beyond the boundaries of government and law enforcement and serve a greater cause.

As the R&D team worked to develop a software that would operate on multiple devices, multiple platforms and with virtually any fingerprint sensor they bravely positioned BIO-key as the deliverer of a secure and convenient global authentication solution that could support most business and consumer use cases.

Today, BIO-key fingerprint technology is used by leading hospitals, major retail outlets, fast food franchises, schools, law offices, call centers, blood centers, testing centers and government agencies. BIO-key supports one of the most diversified portfolios of biometric customers – by industry.

It’s time to start championing your biometric as your primary identifier. Consider this, there are billions of password options, there are dozens of methods to identify, but there is only one you. Therefore, why not cut through the cyber jungle and lead with your most unique identifier – your biometric.

Here’s news that might help motivate you to start using your fingerprint instead of a password. BIO-key is committed to empowering your biometrics beyond the online world. The company is developing a complete line of biometrically empowered products. At the Consumer Electronic Show 2017 BIO-key won “Top Product” when it introduced TouchLock a biometric padlock. TouchLock is just the first in a series of innovations that will operate with the power of a touch.

In 2017 the password is BIO-key.