No more passwords in five years, IBM predicts

20 Dec 2011

Passwords will be history within five years and instead our biological makeup will be the key that grants us access to files and services via biometrics, technology giant IBM predicts.

IBM foresees a future where you can speak your name to an ATM machine to withdraw cash or check your account balance on a mobile device by looking into a sensor that identifies patterns in your eye’s retina as belonging to you – no more creating and remembering passwords, login names or PIN numbers.

Each person has a unique biological identity and behind all that is data, IBM says, biometric data that can be crafted into voice files, retinal scans and facial definitions composited through software to build an individual’s DNA “password.”

Smarter systems will be able to use this information in real-time to make sure whenever someone is attempting to access your information it matches your unique biometric profile and the attempt is authorised.

To be trusted, such systems should enable you to opt in or out of whatever information you choose to provide, IBM says.