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Why Traditional Passwords Are a Time Waster

Dealing with passwords is as much a part of the modern world as the internet or technology in general. Over the years, they’ve gone from something we have only a few of to something that we’re surrounded by. Passwords are out of control.

Most people lose track of how many online accounts and passwords they really have, but the numbers don’t lie. Studies indicated that the average number of accounts registered to a single user is over 100. That’s 100 potential passwords that need to be remembered!

So, it’s no surprise that technology users feel like they’re drowning in passwords. Time is wasted both professionally and personally when passwords must be guessed or reset. Additionally, security is put under pressure when they are written down, saved online, or set to be incredibly easy to crack. As a result, most people simply choose to have our accounts continuously logged in and organize browsers to remember those passwords automatically in the future. This means the most secure passwords should be the one that unlocks the computer.

The problem with top-level passwords.

However, what should be a top-level password is rarely thought of as such. Instead, it’s just one more password to remember among a flood of others. To protect the wealth of information on computers, both professionally and personally, users should be logging in and out of their computer every time they leave it unattended. However, this wastes precious minutes every day, which adds up to extended hours annually. Along with that you have human error, people forgetting to log out of their computers when they get up for a coffee or to use the bathroom. Long-term errors like passwords being forgotten after weekends or holidays will inevitably continue to plague the helpdesk.

All up it’s an enormous waste of time. Something that costs businesses in all industries, and contributes to everything from employee productivity failures to general privacy issues. When you’re talking about sensitive data, like education or medical records, there’s no denying that security is important. But are traditional passwords really the best option?

So, what’s the future?

The future of the password comes in the form of a user-centric solution that is easy to use and protects businesses on the ground. It’s called GateKeeper Proximity. A technological answer to a modern problem, GateKeeper is a wireless smart key that logs individuals out of their computer when they walk away and logs them back in when they return. It is essentially a way to unlock your computer, containing all your personal information, just by sitting in front of it. GateKeeper is a password manager, 2FA solution, and auto-locking mechanism all in one.

This means that there’s no more annoying employees by requiring they reset passwords regularly. No more administration hours wasted solving forgotten password issues. Also, no more constant logging in and out to protect the data on company computers. Instead, employees keep GateKeeper on their lanyards, or on their person. Now, everyone can rest assured that the data is protected by an electronic security keeper, when the human gatekeepers are otherwise engaged.

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