Users would be able to access their favourite websites by simply inserting a physical device into the computer and then typing the password. The physical token, which is said to feature a cryptographic card holding security information, would be no larger than a memory stick.

The system would reportedly allow users to access the websites only after the correct combination of the physical token and the typed password.

Aiming to provide better security to users, Facebook security engineer John Flynn said that they are keeping an eye on emerging authentication technology and hardware authentication is one of those.

According to sources, while Microsoft is still looking into the technology; Google and Facebook have kick-started the process to develop the ‘strong’ password system.

In the meantime, computer experts expressed their opinion saying that the suggested system is the best way to provide better security to users, especially after it came to notice that people use ‘dumb passwords’ like ‘123456’, ‘password’ and alike.

JPN