The Petition Against Passwords, a public advocacy campaign promoting “passwordless” alternatives to hack-prone usernames and passwords, announced that the campaign is gaining momentum with technology companies, legislators and the media.
Passwords are a thing of the past and they need to go, according to the group. They are the weak link that smashes the security chain. Password protection alone isn’t enough. New methods of authentication are necessary to secure the future.
Already supported by companies in Silicon Valley and the U.S., the launch of the Petition quickly gained the attention of companies from across the globe, including NuData Security, Authenticade (CryoKey), Sensible Vision (FastAccess Anywhere), UK-based Winfrasoft and others.
Fraudsters and hackers see passwords as an enabler to fraud – they are easy to guess, break, bypass and are reused by users across multiple sites, according to NuData Security.
As the Petition Against Passwords continues to gain momentum, Petition organizers have offered an open challenge to find the first large-scale consumer site, willing to offer a passwordless log-in alternative once the Petition reaches more than 100,000 signatures.