Password killers vs. password steroid injections

Jonathan Craymer
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July 25, 2020

The computer industryappears determined to kill the password; many solutions have come and gone, andyet the password remains. Why is that?

Current password killersinclude 2-factor key-fobs, second-factor mobile phone apps, biometricfingerprint authentication, voice authentication etc. - each promises extrastrength with another layer of security, but contain weaknesses that means theycannot be used alone – like a password can.

Despite the bad press, the password– if used properly – is extraordinarily powerful, easy to use, easy toimplement and free. Using the latest hashing techniques, it will take centuriesfor the even the fastest computers to decrypt an ordinary 10-character passwordthat is ‘reasonably easy’ to remember.

But there are twofundamental problems with the password:

1) to make it ‘stronger’(such as including special characters) it becomes harder to remember

2) it is ‘static’ (ie itdoes not change) so can be copied by shoulder-surfers, key-loggers, phishersetc.

Unfortunately, rather thansolve these 2 problems, the current password killers have burdened the userwith the responsibility of carrying around a device for each system orregistering their biometric data, risking identity theft.

Shayype is not a passwordkiller; it is the steriod injection that fixes these two problems to make anaugmented password – better, stronger, faster (six million dollar man themetune in the background).

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