Despite almost daily computer hacks, many of us use seriously dumb passwords. Cloud-based security solution LogMeOnce, however, has a new solution.
The company's PasswordLess PhotoLogin allows users to sign into any website using—you guessed it—a photo. Simply take a picture on your desktop, then approve or reject the image via a trusted mobile device tp gain access.
Two-factor authentication has become a popular way to secure accounts. If you sign into an email account, for example, you type in your password and then a code that is sent to your mobile phone. With PhotoLogin, you just approve the photo rather than typing in a code.
"Traditional passwords are risky, typically weak, and are more susceptible to be hacked or duplicated," LogMeOnce CEO Kevin Shahbazi said in a statement. "By default, PhotoLogin adds a third factor of authentication, and lets users authenticate themselves to ensure that login information cannot be duplicated, making this feature one of the strongest layers of defense against hackers."
To get started, click the PhotoLogin icon on the LogMeOnce home screen to snap a picture of yourself, or anything near you, to mark a current location identifiable to you. Don't like selfies? Capture your mug, mousepad, or even your pet.
The photo is automatically sent to your linked mobile device, on which you can verify or reject the image. The truly paranoid can even swipe left or right for data like IP address, GPS location, and time stamp. If everything looks hunky dory, click "Allow," and start browsing on the desktop. Photos expire in 60 seconds, and self-destruct after the first use, ensuring your photo password is always unique.
"Without sacrificing the user experience, PhotoLogin replaces passwords with a more secure solution that is not restricted by degree of accuracy," President and CTO Mike Shahbazi said. "LogMeOnce recognizes objective data, which is a factual observation, measured data and point-of-view obtained through the photo's presence, background, ambiance, shades, color, time, etc. The best part is, no one can duplicate your photo and it takes just seconds."
The new LogMeOnce PhotoLogin update is free and currently available via browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari on Windows and Mac, as well as iOS and Android. LogMeOnce also lets users sign in via fingerprint, PIN number, or passwords.