Iâ€™ve written before about the need for password strength, and also about my love of 1Password â€“ an app for remembering and creating strong passwords -Â but this, well this is something new altogether â€¦
Regina Dugan is the former head of DARPAÂ – the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency â€“ and now works over at (Google owned) Motorola. Saying that she â€˜got to do a lot of epic shit when I was at DARPAâ€™ sounds like a great way to start a conference talk,Â and when she goes on to outline Motorolaâ€™s work on better â€˜passwordsâ€™, itâ€™s hard to disagree.
Two things in particular:
- An electronic tattoo that can be used to authenticate a user instead of some flimsy password. It’s made by a company called MC10Â that Motorola is partnering with, and Dugan is wearing it on her own arm.
- Vitamin authentication. Dugan shows a pill that can be ingested and then battery-powered with stomach acid to produce an 18-bit internal signal. After that, the swallower’s whole body becomes a password.
Wow â€“ scary stuff. But sure, why not? Of course, electronic tattooâ€™s could theoretically be forcibly removed by anyone who really really wanted it – but I like the idea of vitamin authentication â€“ I wonder how long it stays in the system? (via)