No More Passwords Required!

by filip_bec on September 4, 2013 - 10:42pm

Have you ever imagined a world where you don’t need to remember all the passwords you set on every device and/or websites? Remember all the times you tried different passwords and none of them worked?From now on, we can forget about all this trouble. The company Bionym will launch their first device, the Nymi.

 

This device is capable of memorizing all the passwords you use daily and can even open your car and your house doors. And the best part is that the Nymi can take any form. Essentially, it has been created as a bracelet, but you can have it also as a ring, a necklace, or a waistband. And the functionality of this device is rather easy to understand. It is based on your electrocardiogram (ECG), a measurement of your electrical activity produced by your heart. Why? Well, the ECG is proper for every human, because it is based on your size, position, and physiology of your heart. This means the only one who can use your Nymi is yourself. Even if someone takes it, he will not be able to activate it. When you wear the Nymi, your cell phone, apps that require passwords, will all open up instantly. No more “Please enter Password” for the rest of your life. Isn’t that nice?

 

One part of me wants to say that this technology is amazing, but the other is a little bit more skeptic about this product. Sometimes it is hard to remember our passwords and credit numbers, but do we really need to put this private information in the hands of an electronic device? I think that nowadays, we trust too much the technology that surrounds us. The Nymi is an innovative product, and this is what makes our society move on to another level. But when it comes down to our personal information, I will rather keep it in my head than in an electronic device. Maybe later, someone will find a way to hack the Nymi, and all our privacy will be gone…

 

More information about this device can be found on the link down below:

http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/3/4688162/bionym-nymi-could-replace-all-your-passwords

Comments

That would be so cool! I'm the first one to forget all my passwords, so even if it is not safe at all, I have to admit that some of them are the same. Fortunately they are not the most important ones. But if I don't do this, I forget them all! I once, did a locked Word document with all my passwords and ID numbers, but I obviously forgot that pasword two weeks later... That wasn't useful at all! A real waste of time! I then remembered it, but 3 weeks later the same thing happen again. I could easily write all these secret information on a piece of paper, but I'm afraid someone could find it, or maybe I could lose it... So of course I would like to use Nymi, this could easily change my life! well, not my entire life but this is just a way of speaking of course!

While I was reading your blog, i was totally in accord with you. I think that if someone has created it, someone in the world can hack it, and that is possible for everything. Plus, what I do not like with Nymi is that we will have to always take it with us. Yes, maybe it has been created in bracelet, ring, necklace or waistband, but it still have electromagnetic waves who's crossing ourselves. This is so much dangerous than have to memorize 10 or 20 password and have 2 keys... If everyone starts to use it, then, in the next years, humans will have less memory that before. Are we really ready to have this technology? I don't think so...

Technology is something that interests me a lot and how we as people keep coming up with these crazy ideas on how to make our life easier than it was the day before! As you stated as your concluding sentence, someone will eventually manage to crack the nymi and free up our privacy and passwords,etc, but does not all new technologies have some kind of bugs and cracks that come with it. Where do we draw the line on personal privacy? To trust an electronic device in storing our life basically, with all the credit card pins, emails, etc would not be much approved from the majority of the public. I'm sure if the nymi's functions were slightly changed and it has less privacy stored or it would be necessary for a finger print or an eye identification, its level of security would go up and would be much more attractive to the public and at that point i would most likely invest into one!
Here are some other interesting technologies :
http://www.abcnetspace.com/2013/07/5-most-frightening-dangerous-technolo...

Nowadays, technologies have taken a lot of place in everyone’s life. Yet, we cannot live a day without using electronic devices. So, it surely is not surprising to learn about different electronic machines to make every day easier to live such as the “Nymi” device, that is capable of memorizing all the passwords of one person.

Yes, it seems to be incredible for one to have a device that can not only memorise their passwords but also be only accessible for one person according to their unique heartbeat. But, on the contrary of what you claim the ‘’Nymi’’ to be, there are actually always some risks of failure that can go along with electronic devices in general and it would highly surprise me that ‘’Nymi’’ would make an exception out of them. For example, radio-frequency identification chips too have once been considered as innovatory as the ‘’Nymi’’ but, now, they are actually found to have some flaws.

According to Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering (CASPIAN)*, a consumer organization that encourages to boycott this type of technologic devices, there are always chances for the system to be hacked too. So, there are possible chances that one’s personal information might be in the hands of strangers (hackers) without even knowing it once hacked. In fact, there are less chance of getting their password stolen if they are registered in their head than if they are noted in a machine that could, in some way, be accessible by some people.

Also, the other main problem with that new innovation is that it will cause the user to be totally dependant of its use: therefore, with time, the owner might forget his passwords that are registered in the chip and if, unfortunately, the user loses or forgets it at home, for example, he will no longer be able to remember his password and access to personal information, bank account, alarm codes, etc.

*http://www.wnd.com/2011/10/357773/