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Microsoft wants a "world without passwords"

Character-based passwords are extremely common, but even the most complex passwords, when not trimmed by other security layers, can leave any system insecure.

Changing passwords, memorizing them, storing their contents through another service managed by a master password with 72 numeric alpha characters is all very impractical and unfortunately not as secure as we would like. Because of this, technology companies are implementing new features in their products to replace the action of entering a password, confirming a code, unlocking in two or three steps, etc.

The use of digital is not a recent technology, but eventually became relatively common in smartphones recently. Going a little further, Apple and Microsoft have already put the facial recognition system to work on a large scale to unlock the operating system and to perform special operations such as in-app purchases.

The Microsoft blog comments that currently 70% of Windows 10 devices running on computers that can use Windows Hello as a password alternative are using technology, giving the company statistical feedback that people really prefer something more than you enter the passwords. The idea is that this kind of technology, not just at Microsoft's hands, will be the most used over time, trying to ensure much more reliability for the equipment.

In December last year, German researchers found that the facial detection system that Windows Hello uses could easily be circumvented if the computer using it does not have the resources to perform a correct analysis, the test was done on a model of the Dell, the same problem does not occur with Surface PRO for example, which shows that we are not yet ready to receive this technology 100% efficiently, but we are on the way.

Correes that came to Windows with "Fall Creators Update" helped make the facial detection system safer by avoiding the problem the researchers had encountered at the time.

Not pleasing everyone

Not surprisingly, this kind of posture appeals to everyone (nothing ever pleases everyone), especially people who care about privacy in technology.

Such a system is more efficient than any government in accrediting people with personal data and photos of various styles, including fingerprints and even their voice. Privacy advocates call for tools that are transparent and open-source, like this one made in python and that uses Machine learning.

Ideally, these tools, even on Windows or macOS (and even Android), would have greater transparency, even so that the open source development model allows for a faster and safer evolution to these tools. What can make it impossible to happen that often this type of technology ends up becoming a differential product of companies, many of them choosing to hold their great asset, understandable, of course, but when it comes to security, the ideal would be that everyone could using the best possible technology, without being hostage to any platform or hardware that works on the basis of proprietary firmware.

What do you think about this? Will systems like Face ID and Windows Hello be the standard of the future?

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