and why passwords soon won't be.

I am a slave to my passwords. I have them all printed out every month or two and get them made into a booklet. I also keep the digital file of the booklet file. This is terrible. If anyone should know better, it should be me. Currently, I have 287 entries in my booklet. 

Now, it is terrible I keep my passwords in a (very secure) booklet. It's also terrible I keep most of my less important passwords stored in my browser. Also, I am not proud of the fact that many of my passwords are exactly the same. (They would probably all would be, if all of them didn't have different requirements. For example: 1.] You can't use a password you have used in the past. 2]. You must use this password - R3wy!{7TR527, or 3]. Your password must contain, at a minimum, at least one capital letter, one lower-case letter, one numeral, and one punctuation mark. And none of those things can be next to one another. And your password must be 27 characters long.. But you can't have an "@" symbol unless it has an "?" immediately prior. Blah, blah, blah. I hate all of that)

Even worse, I don't always have my secret booklet with me, so I still can't access all of the things I need to access. You know what I pretty much always have with me though? My phone and my finger. (I do have a new bandsaw though.) Sometimes, I don't have my Yale key that fits my Yale lock in my front door (so there's a good chance I'm going to be replacing a window pane soon). I have left my RFID keychain at home before and had to find someone from maintenance to let me into my office. One time, I  attempted to purchase a bandsaw at Home Depot, but when I went for my wallet, I only felt my phone.  

With only my phone, my finger, ONYX, and nothing else, I wouldn't have had any of these problems. When I got close enough to my locked front door, near-field communication would have notified my phone, I would be asked to authenticate using ONYX, and then the door would open. My office door would have done the same. When I tried to purchase my industrial-strength, overpowered bandsaw, I could have completed the transaction with far more security than I could have had if I had been in possession of my wallet

Right now at DFT, we're primarily working with clients in the banking and financial services field, which is well-suited and eager to use ONYX.  But ONYX can actually be used to log-in to anything, open any door, replace any password, pin, or physical object (keys, atm cards, keyfobs, IDs with a magnetic strip, so on and so forth...).

So you may leave thigs at home, forget your password, or (God fobid) lose your neatly printed and bound password booklet. Most people always have their phones and fingers with them (with the possible exception of grandparents and bandsaw-weilding shop teachers).

Next time you have to reset your password or go back home for your keys, check and see you don't have both your finger and phone with you. You'll see what I mean.

If you can think of any situation that requires you to prove who you are, and you don't think those three things (phone, finger, ONYX) can handle it, please let me know. If I can't convince you that ONYX solve your authentication puzzle, you win, and I will post your name as a "winner" on my next blog post. I'll also post some of the submitted authentication situations that ONYX can handle, and how it can handle them better than you thought possible. (The non-winners names will not be posted.)

I look forward to hearing from you... , @DFTInc (Twitter).

-Mac

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