In the past year, based on hacking incidents at several sites, I’ve had to change and strengthen my passwords.
Just now I had to log into a service and was reminded at how bloody long I had to make the password. It now takes a few seconds to type it on a conventional keyboard — more seconds if I wind up making a typo, which I sometimes do.
I was wondering how I’d handle that on the glass keyboard of a tablet. And if people find it frustrating when using an iPad or iPhone.
Which made me wonder, given all the talk of Twitter being a new form of Internet Identity because of its integration into iOS 5, why the iPad and iPhone don’t do identity differently.
Most corporate notebooks have fingerprint scanners in them. I’m not sure Apple would want to go to that additional expense.
All their devices have front-facing cameras, however. Why couldn’t Apple devise software that would algorithmically recognize a face and use it as a password? Would that be possible? There have been some notebooks that have had this feature. But only Apple could popularize it — and probably do it right too.
I just don’t want to face a glass keyboard with these damn long passwords I’ve had to create and memorize.
PS: Yes, I know there are password managers and the like. But every device and every bit of software can be hacked. When it’s stored in my head, it’d take in-person physical torture to get it out of me, not some clever bugger I’d never see at a keyboard in some distant location.