Beyond the Password: What Other Identity Authentication Technologies Are There?

Donovan Blaylock II
November 20, 2018

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What if you put your entire company at risk because your identity authentication is stuck in the 1990’s?

Tech has come a long way in the last few decades. Despite this, too many companies rely on passwords that are easy to hack, guess, or simply mess up.

Wondering what the alternatives are? Keep reading to learn more about alternative authentication technologies.

Voice Recognition

Chances are that you have a home filled with voice access technologies. Nowadays, everything from Apple’s Siri to Amazon’s Alexa is available to users with simple voice commands.

This technology doesn’t have to be limited to at-home convenience. It can also be turned into at-work security.

Instead of having employees type out a password, you can have them identify themselves by voice (and, optionally, a vocal code). This is both more convenient for the user and also more difficult for any outsiders to fake.

Biometrics and Fingers

One of the best authentication methods available is also one that you make use of every day. What are we talking about? Biometrics and your smartphone.

Many users protect their smartphones with a feature that demands a fingerprint scan to unlock the phone. Such scans are quick, easy for the user, and absolutely unique to the individual.

This is why biometrics are certainly the future of passwords. Switching to such a system won’t even disrupt your employees, as they are accustomed to scanning their finger several times a day on their own devices.

Smartphone Scan

Some companies have decided to integrate the smartphone into their access security in another way altogether. Instead of requiring the manual input of a password, these companies are requiring employees to scan the password in with their phone and transmit it.

This procedure is arguably not as secure as using biometrics. However, it carries a big advantage: on the user end, it is much quicker to simply scan the password rather than having to type in a long password that they might mess up or simply forget.

Best of all, it leverages a technology (smartphones) that all of your employees should already have.

Multi -Factor (Text) Authentication

Another alternative to traditional passwords also involves the employee’s phone. And, when used right, this technique can greatly reduce the ability of any outsiders to access your system.

You can simply require that users provide an authentication code that your system texts to them before they can gain access. This is a simple security measure, and many of your employees will be familiar with it from various services they use (for instance, Paypal offers a similar feature).

By tying access to a unique code sent to a unique device, you can greatly increase company security while still ensuring employee convenience.

Biobehavioral Authentication

A combination of your biometrics, physical behaviors, attributes and digital DNA make up your biobehavioral profile which can be interpreted continuously and parsed through AIML to create an immutable identity.

Authentication Technologies: The Bottom Line

Now you know some of the alternative authentication technologies that are available. But do you know how to utilize them in your own company?

At Acceptto, we specialize in continuous identity access management and cybersecurity. To see how we can make your business more secure than ever, contact us today!

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