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What are some of the alternatives to passwords?

Last Updated 2022/04/12

With the average person juggling multiple digital devices and online accounts, keeping track of, and entering passwords can be a time-consuming annoyance. But at the same time, as hacking and phishing attacks become more commonplace and sophisticated, leaving your personal information unprotected is obviously not an option. What are some of the new security methods that remove the need to enter a password, but still keep your devices and accounts safe?


Since the release of the iPhone 5s in 2013, Apple has provide the option of opening your phone with a fingerprint, bypassing the need to enter a number code or password at all. Since then, Samsung, Sony and HTC have all followed suit. It is now possible to purchase a stand-alone fingerprint scanner to protect your desktop or laptop.

There are two types of fingerprint scanner, optical and capacitive. Optical scanners are used in smartphones, and work by reflecting light off of the grooves in your finger. The capacitive method uses an electric current from a sensor to gain the same information. Capacitive scanners are more accurate, and are recommended for high-security purposes.

Facial Recognition

Apple’s Face ID for their iPhone X uses a dual-module sensor, projecting a grid of more than 30,000 infrared dots onto a face, with the other module processing the pattern to allow access. A 3D facial map is generated and stored in a local, secured area of your phone’s processor for future reference.

Face ID is considered the most secure of the facial recognition methods on the market today, with reports of Samsung’s facial recognition technology being fooled by a photograph. There are flaws in any implementation of this method, though. People with a twin sibling cannot utilise it, and people seeking unauthorised access only have to point the device at the owners face in order to gain it.

Single and temporary passwords.

A single and temporary password differs from a standard password in that it is only to be used once, sent by SMS to a user’s phone, most often in the form of a Randomly Generated Number (RNG) code. This ensures that only the device owner can access an account, making it a safer than the usual security questions for this purpose.

Two-factor authentication

Two-factor authentication is an added layer of security, rather than a password alternative. It can take the form of a QR or RNG code. If you are serious about your security needs, then this extra precaution is something to at least consider.

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Adam Sykes