Goodbye passwords, there is an agreement between the three tech giants. A golden digital prison awaits us?

What is the solution to prevent thieves from entering the house? Remove the doors! Looks like the grandmother announced the occasion World Password DayOn May 5th, this is The death of traditional password-based access systems. Apple, Google and Microsoft have decided to move forward towards adopting a “standard” that makes this possible Log in to digital services without using passwordsthus facing the increasing number of attacks by the pirate It aims to steal our login information.

It is located around Develop technology in a way that is interoperable between web giants suggested by video alliancewhich for nearly a decade has pursued the mission of reaching The future without a passwordTo reduce the world’s excessive reliance on passwords. A mission – no matter how visionary – you succeeded in it To bring the three tech giants to an agreementwhich is “just waiting” to conquer the interoperability issue between its platforms, applications and security standards, and thus make its dream possible by 2023 One credential to access websites and apps via smartphone. In short, the same process that we do several times a day to unlock the phone, from face and / or fingerprint recognition to codes, will be enough to enter websites and applications, as a fast and secure authentication method.

But is it really a dream of breaking free from the password dictatorship? When these giants agree to offer us simpler solutions Some doubts must arise spontaneously. Moreover, to date, the simplicity of digital services with which we are increasingly indispensable – as it may finally be apparent to us – has carried forward a long wave of free and free poetry. The high price to pay was our data, more intimate. And in fact, what simplifies has not always proven to be more technologically secure for us as users. And while there’s no doubt that – as evidenced by Verizon’s annual report – 80% of electronic data breaches are still caused by human error and reckless use of unsafe passwords or weak credentials, that shouldn’t necessarily lead to choosing an acronym for education digital, which should instead just lead us to opting for more robust login credentials.

In short, we must be very careful not to fall into the ordinary The mistake of confusing technology with progress Because maybe, for now at least, it’s not yet time to say goodbye to passwords. In the name of “simplification,” we users risk releasing all the keys to our already transparent existence into the hands of an unsuspecting digital oligarchy capable of managing — with a single accurate avatar of ourselves, a smartphone — our online activities, which are now mirrored entirely on analog activities.

As it has been suggested to us in a loud fashion for several months, we enter Stunning “metaverse”, in a symmetrical affinity between our analogue and digital existence; A fictional scenario also blessed with lavish corporate lounges during which heads of government, like Draghi, meet with the heads of international players to explain how they are replaced in the wonderful digital world. And the metaverse door opening key can in fact be comfortably unique.

In short, we are really aware of this passage proposed to us by a wonderful alliance made up of Speculators of our most intimate data? Are we really able to objectively analyze the risks and vulnerabilities arising from using a single technology in service of a digital existence that is not entirely at our disposal? How do they attempt to reconcile the undeniable advantages of a single, perhaps biometric, access credential with the risks arising from managing highly sensitive data now in the hands of OTTs who run every step of our online lives “for free”?

Apparently, the template appears to have been dumped and this solution will be up and running early next year. But there is a bitter feeling that it is passing From the dictatorship of passwords to a golden digital prison.

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