Hackers don't break-in, they sign in. Passwordless Authentication is here to help

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Does the term “password fatigue” sound familiar? It’s ironic that security measures put in place to keep us safe  sometimes do the exact opposite. Mandatory password changes, lengthy password requirements and security questions, while well intentioned, can lead some people to backslide with their digital hygiene.

With the average person reusing the same password 14 times across their portfolio of digital accounts, it’s no wonder the FBI received a record number of cybercrime complaints from the American public last year, with potential losses exceeding $6.9 billion.

What is the #1 reason for lack of trust? Passwords.

Passwords are shared, stolen, reused, replayed. They are the single most point of attack for hackers. 

The average adult has at least 100 passwords to keep track of, and the majority of Americans say they’re locked out of an average of 10 accounts per month. It’s impossible to remember all the passwords that safeguard our daily lives. The seemingly endless need to remember or reset passwords can wear people down, resulting in risky behavior.

One study revealed that “92 percent of people are aware of the security risk associated with reusing passwords, but 65 percent reuse them anyway.” The password has stuck around so long despite its flaws precisely because it is not easy to replace.

But what if we told you that passwords are becoming a thing of the past?

What is Passwordless Authentication?

Passwordless Authentication is the next generation of account security. It's simple, fast and secure.

Businesses today are encouraged to use modern technologies like Multifactor Authentication (MFA) to verify the user’s identity and maintain system security. Many of the MFA tools still use password-based authentication as one authentication factors. Passwordless authentication adheres to the Zero Trust and Multifactor Authentication (MFA) methodologies, but instead of a password we’re now using different means of authentication.


Multifactor authentication (MFA) is getting SMARTER

In the past a company that had adopted MFA would require user to authenticate on every logon, every time. Modern MFA applications will learn overtime the user, device and potentially even your location. Once you have authentication multiple times and the MFA application learns your logon behaviors, it will stop challenging you on every logon. 

Advantages of Passwordless Authentication

Some of the alternative means of authentication include Microsoft's  Authenticator App, physical security keys, and passwordless biometrics authentication. These methods are more secure than traditional passwords which can be stolen, hacked, or guessed. A passwordless environment that relies on certificate-based authentication inherently carries a much lower level of risk. 

How to get started with Passwordless Login?

If you’re looking to simplify your user experience while enhancing your security with Passwordless login, ANP can help. In a short 10 minute phone call we can determine if we can help. In the meantime, check out our Managed Cyber Security Services today or contact us at 215.572.0111 or connect@anp.net.

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