Imagine it’s 2018 and you don’t have to enter a password. That’s just so 2013. Instead you have a security profile, which lists your tendencies and when you behave outside those tendencies, your online security profile recognizes that and takes action.
Let’s say for example, you rarely buy anything from iTunes, but your credit card triggers a report that you’re buying an iTunes gift card at 3 am. That might seem suspicious and your online security profile could trigger an alert just as some banks do now when you have suspicious activity on your credit card –but it could be for any number of activities. If everyone has a unique profile, sort of like an online fingerprint, then it becomes much easier to identify suspicious activity conducted under your name.
That’s one of the predictions that IBM is making for five years into the future. It’s clear that online security and identity theft is a big problem and something people worry about as they share more and more of their lives online in social networks. It’s also clear that passwords themselves are not enough of a barrier to prevent unauthorized use of your accounts.
But if we could come up with a way to automate security and have it follow us based on these tendencies, rather than as blunt instrument like a password, it could protect us much more easily without us having to worry about remembering passwords or other security measures because it will be done for us.
The graphic below illustrates how this works. Click it to get a better view.
Let me know what you think. Do you think this could be what online security will be like in 5 years?
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