You may still have to remember your passwords and keep them safe, but this week Google security experts confirmed that that kind of security just isn’t enough to cut it for digital companies anymore. Trying to take steps away from what they now consider outdated technology, Google aim to innovate new methods of authentication online.
Speaking this week as part of a TechCrunch Disrupt panel, Google’s information security manager, Heather Adkins, said that passwords were effectively dead. According to Adkins, the “game is over” for any company relying only on passwords to keep their users and their private data secure. Going so far as to say that “passwords are done at Google” Ms. Adkins’ words seem to spell out the death of passwords for everyone.
Although she declined to specify exactly what Google’s new interior security systems are, Adkins did confirm that the technology giant is on the look-out of innovative and non-standard methods of security and authentication. It was also stated that Google are tinkering with the concept of hardware-based authentication methods to replace passwords, as well as small devices embedded in clothing or other items which could not be stolen online by hackers.
On the panel, Adkins emphasized the importance of security to technology startup companies, even going so far as to say that one of the first 25 people employed should be in charge of security full time.