As we’ve already established, just about everybody hates creating and keeping track of a slew of complex passwords. Thankfully, technology’s coming around, and hopefully soon we’ll be able to leave the dark days of having to use our brains to remember things behind us.
One potential solution is fingerprint or retina scanners — or something like the Nymi, or some other piece of wearable tech that can verify our identities. Another is something like SlickLogin, which was launched at Disrupt yesterday.
While less secure than the Nymi, SlickLogin is also a lot simpler. Rather than using your heartbeat to authenticate your identity, it turns your phone into your password (or an additional layer of security on top of your password, depending on how the site you’re trying to log into has adjusted its security settings.
When you try to log into a website that uses SlickLogin, your computer plays a unique series of high-frequency tones, which are then picked up by your phone to verify that you’re the one logging in, rather than some sweaty guy in Tulsa who really wants to get in to your Facebook for some reason. As long as that sweaty guy doesn’t somehow get a hold of your phone, you’re golden.
But what if he does? SlickLogin’s creators addressed this at the Disrupt unveiling with a likely true, though not entirely comforting statement:
“If they can get into your phone, they have access to your accounts already.”
Still, though, I’m not sure if that’s enough security for me. Sure, it’d work well as an additional layer (as long as you don’t lose your phone), but that defeats the purpose of making the login process as painless as possible. My poor brain, atrophied by years of heavy reliance on technology to do everything for me, still has to remember passwords.
What do you think? Would you use SlickLogin or a difference password replacement system? Or is remembering passwords not so terrible, and I’m just really lazy?