Google employees say they have begun developing new user authentication technologies that do not use passwords.
The company’s security division released a report on the possible ways of lowering the risk that websites’ authorization mechanisms will be broken into. According to the report, user passwords are no longer a sufficient method for protecting information.
Google’s ideas for protecting its e-mail service, Gmail (and connections to it), include miniature cryptographic USB cards that allow users to be authorized after registration without entering a password. It has been suggested that in time the USB interface will move way to wireless technology that would allow any accessory — watches, rings, etc. — to be used to grant access.