Password vaults and managers seem to be what the future is aiming towards, with almost every single online activity requiring an account to be set up, and with all such accounts requiring passwords that are at least eight characters with a variety of uppercase, lowercase, and symbols. There’s so much information to keep track of that forgetting a password is just second nature. People often opt for easier passwords in lieu of safer ones, which leads to such accounts being brute forced into by cybercriminals looking to make a quick buck or ten. What passwords vaults do is that they keep track of all your separate accounts, and encrypt them with randomly generated strong passwords that require no memorization. Despite the advantages of more secure passwords and a lack of memorization, however, users still shy away from using password managers and vaults, often to their own detriment. Google has apparently found a middle path, and that is encouraging users to try out its new Password Manager feature.
Google’s Password Manager typically allows users to keep track of all their different Google passwords within a single umbrella. Users can sign in either via a PIN or their fingerprints, with the other alternatives being two factor authentication or 2FA. 2FA involves the complicated rigmarole of signing up using your name and password, then using a device with said account already signed in to verify the first login attempt. It’s safe, yes, but often a hassle to users since devices aren’t always necessarily about us. However, Google isn’t just content with offering us the Password Manager and its convenience: the future might see Password Manager being a default setting for verifying any and all login attempts.
Google hasn’t fully committed to any such goal as of yet, but has stated that it will be considering on-device authentication as the base security authentication for all users. This might, for starters, be a sigh of relief to many users as it allows for convenience that 2FA simply doesn’t. Secondly, it might even be a gateway towards password vaults and managers being more widely used as a whole.
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