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Killing Passwords: Don’t Get A-Twitter Over ‘Digits’

I do find this new approach to authentication somewhat disturbing for two reasons.  First and foremost, usability obtained through the sacrifice of security bothers me, though I believe the jury is still out for this scenario.  I would argue that man-in-the-middle attacks against SMS messaging are growing and will lead to further compromise of these types of authentication mechanisms.

Secondly, I believe this type of authentication can and will continue confuse the conversation around two-factor or multi-factor authentication.  Two (or more) – factor authentication is, in my opinion, a necessary next step for general consumer and corporate security.  Anything that confuses that conversation is detrimental.

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