In addition to being highly vulnerable to attack and extremely inconvenient to use on mobile devices, passwords are difficult to manage. Propper password protocol dictates that in addition to being increasingly complex, the strings of alphanumeric characters that protect our accounts each need to be unique. This last password annoyance is being addressed by management software and, as of this week, one of those applications is going biometric.
EyeLock, an iris biometrics company and member of the FIDO Alliance, announced this week that it has entered into a partnership with Sticky Password, a provider of password management software. Through this partnership, users will be able to have the security assurance of EyeLock’s myris device applied to their existing online accounts.
The myris biometric device connects to a computer via USB and enables Windows 7, Windows 8 and Mac OS device users to authenticate via iris scan. Now that it’s integrated with Sticky Password’s solution, the myris is plugged in, used to enroll a user and then scans through the browsers on the device for stored login information. It then creates a secure database containing sites, usernames and passwords, to be used for account access when a user authenticates with her irises.
Though the actual account security still relies on passwords, the integrated solution alerts users when the login credentials they create are too weak. Because of the convenience that myris brings to the table, there is no reason that a password shouldn’t be as strong and complex as possible. Without having to memorize or repeat passwords out of necessity, EyeLock has found a way to finally make observing best password practices feasible.
September 26, 2014 – by Peter B. Counter