IoT is the password killer we've been waiting for

IoT, with its tiny screens and headless devices, will drive an authentication revolution. It's a short leap from the kind of two-factor authentication used on the Apple Watch to proximity-based authentication that does away with any user interaction.

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Does the Apple Watch spell the end for passwords? The answer may be “yes.” The Cupertino, Calif., company’s latest “it” device is blowing up the “wearable technology” category, just as its iPhone did to the smart phone market more than seven years ago.

But, in the process, Apple Watch is also exposing some of the technology industry’s shrinking pains when it comes to wearable devices and other, miniatures “Internet of Things” technologies. Exhibit 1: the password.

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