Another reason to end
passwords as a method of authentication is the poor usability of
strong passwords on mobile devices.
- Typing a strong password like xry7s6Dx26Pz is nearly
impossible on a mobile keyboard, particularly since for some dumb reason I
can’t even see it when I type.
- I can’t use a password
agent like LastPass effectively on iOS
because there’s no way for it to plug in to Mobile Safari. I’m
stuck awkwardly copy and pasting passwords between the LastPass app and
Safari, having to type my master password every time. LastPass
does have its own baked-in browser but that’s far too limited
- Trying to log in to other apps pretty much
requires copy-and-paste of the password, since there’s nothing
like a pluggable authentication framework.
Sorry if this is stating the obvious, but the lack of usability of
strong passwords on my iPhone and iPad is a big part of why I don’t
log into sites on mobile devices.