In the first part of this post, I explained why user-defined passwords are not a sustainable mean for making the Web a safer place for private matters or business. So what? As there’s no going back in the use of the Internet – on the opposite, whole sectors of our activity continue to shift online – authentication needs to be fixed in some reliable, standard, future-proofed way. Here are some thoughts on realistic paths to take – and some dead-ends to skip.
Rumors that Apple would integrate a biometric sensor in its future iPhone are even older than Apple’s acquisition of Australian fingerprint technology company Authentec in July 2012. These rumors inflated this summer, to the point that they seemed less rumors than a well distillated teasing by Cupertino.