An Analysis of the Alternatives to Traditional Static Alphanumeric Passwords
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2) An Analysis of the Alternatives to Traditional Static Alphanumeric Passwords This paper focuses on one-time password systems, certificate-based authentication systems, biometrics, and non-alphanumeric passwords as potential replacements for traditional alphanumeric passwords. It also focuses on several enhancements for traditional alphanumeric passwords, namely enhanced password creation mechanisms, password storage and management systems, single sign on systems, and secondary identity verification mechanisms. This paper judges these enhancements and replacements as candidates for superseding traditional passwords based on how easy they are to use, to implement, and how secure they are compared to traditional passwords, as well as commenting on each method’s versatility. Ultimately, it determines that properly picked traditional alphanumeric passwords currently work better than any of the other available options. However, this will not remain the case for too much longer. The advances in technology such as SoftTokens, synchronizing password systems, and single sign on systems definitely have the potential to replace traditional passwords in the not-too-distant future.