Passwords have long been the backbone of the machinery protecting our online accounts. More and more, they are rather perceived as a weak link, which some companies want to get rid of entirely.
Following current advice on how to securely log into our accounts can feel like trying to keep up with the blade count of the latest disposable razor. The advice has changed over the years, from simple rememberable passwords to unpronounceable strings of characters customized for each account and stored in password managers. More recently, we’ve been warned that each login requires a second proof of identity, known as two-factor authentication, usually a number sent via text or email.