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Are Passwords On Their Way Out?
By: Christine Geraci
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Passwords have been around since ancient times. For years, they've gained people access to exclusive clubs, secret societies...schoolmates' treehouses. 
 
On the web, they grant access to countless services and tools. They need to be a certain number of characters long, contain a capital letter, a number, a type of punctuation, and be otherwise so difficult for others to crack that we, the creators, can't even remember them. What's more, one must NOT use the same password for multiple accounts or risk a security breach of epic proportions.
 
It's no wonder these people are sick of logins. A recent Harris poll indicates a good 38 percent of the population would rather engage in manual household chores than think up new usernames and passwords.
 
Perhaps someday, they won't have to ever again: One scientist over at IBM (and said scientist is not alone) says biometrics, or systems that identify individuals based on unique biological features such as fingerprints, will completely replace the username and password song and dance within the next five years.
 
What would you rather do to log on to Facebook or Twitter or {insert online account here}: Think up a funky username and air-tight password, or just swipe your finger across a fingerprint-scanning device?
 
It's not like this technology isn't currently around. In fact, it's on my laptop. But it's an option, not a rule. Should it be the latter?


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Christine Geraci is the Social Media/Promotions Specialist at MVP Health Care in Schenectady, NY. Connect with her on Twitter @christinegeraci.
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