Many of us need a password to open up their PC or laptop. Our mobile phones are often protected by a pincode. Some of us also need to type in a pincode or password to access their office or lab space. These are all situations in which we access a ‘stand-alone’ object; two developments suggest that this kind of interaction will disappear. First, with the emerging connectivity of ‘things’, the internet of things, as it is called nowadays, we don’t only access, for instance, our smart home, but also a range of services and transactions. Hence the distinction between objects and organisations becomes somewhat blurred. Second, knowledge based authentication is increasingly problematic because of the ever larger set of transactions where authentication through a password is required, and while single-sign-on authentication is gaining popularity, the vulnerability of the password remains.
What is expected or explored for the future
Click on one of the concentric circles to find out what the future has in hold