Microsoft Targets Password Elimination to Improve Security
People are terrible with passwords, so the tech giant is pushing a new way to login.
Yet another attempt to kill passwords is underway. This time, it’s Microsoft with an update for its Authenticator app, which could allow users to login to its services through a pushed login notification approval. Still seems easier to enter “123456”.
Will Microsoft Kill the Password?
Microsoft’s Authenticator app is being touted as a way users can stop entering passwords every time they need to login to one of the tech giant’s services. Instead, the user gets a push notification to their mobile device, asking them to approve the login. [CXO Today]
Fingerprint Reader Coming to Your MasterCard
Technologies like Apple Pay and Samsung Pay are trying to turn physical credit cards into relics. But MasterCard is adding fingerprint-reading tech to its cards to better protect customers from fraud. [9to5Mac]
Car Diagnostics Tool Could be Used to Remotely Shutoff an Engine
Security researchers at Argus Cyber Security have discovered a remotely-exploitable flaw in the Bosch Drivelog ODB dongle that could be used to kill the car’s engine. The good news: The flaw in complicated to exploit and there are patches available. [Threatpost]
Alexa to Get Chatbots
Amazon’s Lex platform now lets developers access Alexa’s voice control technology, meaning they can build conversational chatbots for the platform. Now, lonely work-from-home types will have someone other than the dog to talk to. [The Verge]
This Could be Bad: Facebook Wants to Read Your Mind
Imagine trying to politely respond to an incendiary post, only to have Facebook read your mind and respond with what you’re really thinking. Yikes. The company is said to be working on a brain-to-text system that could translate your thoughts. [Recode]