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Kill All Passwords (And Then Eat Them)

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 by | Filed Under: Security Help

Experts keep predicting the death of the password, even though most of us still have quite a few of them we have to remember.   Now a top security expert is calling for the death of the passwords. Jonathan LeBlanc from PayPal is jetting around the world giving a presentation he calls Kill All Passwords.

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Accoring to LeBlanc, “As long as passwords remain the standard methods for identifying your users on the web, people will still continue to use “letmein” or “password123″ for their secure login, and will continue to be shocked when their accounts become compromised. ” He points out that 5% of users use “password” for their password and 13% use a variation of 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8.  You could switch to more complicated passwords, but people end up forgetting them.

Even if you switch to 2 or 3 factor authentication, such as having a fresh password sent via text every single time you want to get into your account, you still have the possibility for fraud and the issue of human error. Typing in a fresh password every day on a tiny phone screen gives you plenty of opportunity for errors, that’s the reason people often choose really simple passwords and keep them the same across devices.


He’s proposing a lot of  different ways to help knock of the old dependable PIN code or password including eating your passwords. He says true integration into the human body could be the future for financial transactions. You could swallow tiny devices in a capsule that run on stomach acid or they could be injected into your bloodstream or embedded in your brain. 


He thinks external biometric options like fingerprints are old-fashioned.  PayPal is actually working on vein-recognition technology that would use a wearable band to identify customers by their heartbeat and blood flow.

This technology is up against the fact that most people value their privacy and don’t want to eat a password chip. And no matter how secure it sounds now, there’s nothing that can’t be hacked or duplicated or somehow compromised. Most of us would rather have our phone hacked than our brain chip.

~ Cynthia

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12 Responses to “Kill All Passwords (And Then Eat Them)”

  1. Brenda Caldwell says:

    Call me old fashioned, but NO WAY to this!!!

  2. eileen says:

    We will never be secure. No matter what system is implemented, the hackers of the world will get in until the day comes they can all be caught, never allowed near any sort of electronic anything. Then maybe, just maybe, we can surf, shop and not be wondering each time if our ID, credit card, banking info will be stolen.

  3. Alisa says:

    no way for me either, I use strong passwords and this would be a paradise for hackers to get into someone’s accounts and laptops on. No thank you, I will stick to my usernames and passwords

  4. rc primak says:

    This idea is so stupid, it’s a waste of electrons to post it. So stupid at so many levels for so many reasons (e.g., FDA approval needed) I don’t know where to begin to mock you and your website.

    • cynthia says:

      Bob, the actual move to use bio tech, such as monitoring your circulation to identify you is underway already. I fact, Motorola actually introduced a prototype of an password made by Proteus Digital Health that has already been FDA approved and operates on stomach acid. Now this sensor can be used for much more than passwords. It can offer all sorts of information to health care providers. It was actually approved three years ago.

  5. Sonjia says:

    The day I need to swallow something for a password, is the day my computer goes in the trash can. I use strong passwords. I followed Microsoft’s suggestion and make up a sentence for my password on every site I use a different sentence, and use the first letter in all the words of the sentence.

  6. […] to do away with passwords forever.  Jonathan LeBlanc from PayPal gives a presentation, he calls Kill All Passwords and Yahoo! Mail offers an option where you can receive a text with a new password every single time […]

  7. […] detailed the push to kill off passwords in a couple of recent articles, Kill All Passwords (and eat them) and Death To Passwords! in which security experts have advocated everything from pills to tattoos […]

  8. Terri Bradley says:

    What about the fingerprint? We are all supposed to have unique prints so why not use them.

  9. unkabob says:

    I would say to enter one long password that you don’t have to enter any more (you can change this at any time once you gain access). The IP server does it for you after three successful steps that wouldn’t take much time to go through. (1) enter a pin number that you create.. This will open a page where one of ten personal questions will be asked and you have one chance to answer (at the beginning you create ten questions that only you know the answer to) if you fail it will cut you off and you’ll have to wait ten minutes for it to start over or call in for a text code to re-open. Once through this question either an iris or fingerprint id then when it confirms you the password automatically opens your computer (or email browser). Sound too complicated? Then pop a pill.

  10. bg mcqueen says:

    the laziness of some people astounds me…keep passwords!

  11. EZgoing says:

    According to my high school biology teacher, pretty much anything that goes into the stomach, winds up coming out one end or the other…. I don’t know about anyone else, but my heart rate and blood flow changes depending on what I’m doing… I sure as heck would not want to be ‘locked out’ while trying to contact 911 because my heart rate was too much different than what some stupid chip thought it should be….

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