Physical objects could replace passwords: Study

Oct 28, 2017, 5:03 AM EDT
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(Source: C_osett/flickr)

A proof-of-concept project at the Florida International University and Bloomberg found that any physical object, from a bracelet to water bottle, could be used for two-factor remote authentication and can replace passwords.

The camera-based solution, named Pixie, requires you to first take a few pictures of your secret object and create a reference gallery, notes The Verge. Every time you want to authenticate a login, simply hold the object against the camera, and Pixie will recognize your object.

The solution is similar to YubiKeys, but doesn’t require users to purchase physical tokens to be used as authentication passwords.