To be useful, 1Password will save the accounts you sign in with
- 1Password now stores login details with services.
- Logging in with Twitter doesn’t seem like the best idea right now.
- Password managers will still be useful, even when we finally ditch passwords.
1Password can now remember if you signed in with Twitter, Apple, Google, and so on, but you might not want to do that anyway.
If you use a password manager, you’re familiar with the feeling you get when you’re looking for a login but can’t find it. It’s probably because you signed in with your Google, Apple, Twitter, or Facebook ID, and your password manager doesn’t know about it. Now 1Password will remember how you signed up for a new service and keep all your login information in one place. But between this and the passwordless future promised by passwords, password management apps may be headed for irrelevance.
“Password managers will begin to become increasingly irrelevant as more companies switch to passwords and other, more secure login options,” Emma McGowan, a writer at Avast, told Lifewire via email. “It will be similar to what has happened with anti-virus companies. As threats have changed and evolved, we’ve all had to move from just providing anti-virus to protecting customers from a variety of phishing attacks, identity theft, breaches and other attack.”
Should you even use “Sign in with”?
Passwords are a pain and rely too much on the user. It seems wrong that the non-technical user must create a secure password, store it securely, and not reveal it to bad actors.
A common option is the login option, where you transfer responsibility to a service you are already logged into. This could be an operating system provider such as Google or Apple or a social network such as Facebook or Twitter. It is certainly more convenient to use, but it also requires a lot of trust in the provider.
“My high-level opinion is that ‘sign in with’ options are a good idea, but developers need to have a lot of trust in the companies they expose themselves to,” Andrew Israel, founder of enterprise authentication company PropelAuth, told Lifewire via email. don’t think passwords will ever really go away either, but the nature of password managers needs to change.”
It is also difficult to get out if you decide, for example, that you no longer want to use Twitter.
The “Sign in with” options are generally a good idea, but they have their pros and cons. With a password, you run the risk of someone discovering your password. If you use a “sign-in-with option, you trust Twitter, Google or Apple to communicate with the other site to prove your identity,” Andrew Liua software engineer who worked on Google Account sign-in and 2-factor authentication told Lifewire via email.
Not only that, but you’re also putting a lot of trust in a company whose primary business is something other than password and security management, which means it’s a much lower priority than a dedicated password management company.
“If one of these companies gets hacked — like your Twitter account — then any website or service you signed into with your Twitter account is also vulnerable to attack,” says McGowan.
Will passwords ever go away?
Along with login options, password is also threatened by passcode, a better and much more secure option that provides a means to authenticate without a password at all. Instead, you authenticate yourself using one of your devices – for example via your fingerprint or face scan – and your phone or tablet takes care of the rest.
Password managers will begin to become increasingly irrelevant as more companies switch to passwords and other, more secure login options.
The password managers are already on this. 1Password, for example, allows you to work with passwords alongside all existing options. And these options will be around for a while.
“Even if all new sites use passwords or some newer form of authentication, there will be countless older sites that rely on passwords. In addition, there are other situations, such as logging into your computer or phone, where passwords still provide the most meaning, says Liu.
So it looks like passwords aren’t going anywhere, but at least password manager apps seem to be changing to embrace newer, better options. One less thing to worry about.
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