Forget Me Not: The Future of Passwords

Privacy in the digital age has been a hot-button topic for some time now, and as we touched upon in last week’s look at the Rise of Paranoia Apps, fear and paranoia seems to have reached a fever pitch through technology. The recent NSA scandal has Millennials, along with all consumers, reflecting on digital privacy and protection. The generation known for sharing everything cares more about privacy than previously assumed. They may not be able to stop government eavesdropping, but we already know that many Millennials are incredibly savvy about protecting their privacy online from parents, teachers and employers. As concerns about privacy grow, we can expect that they will develop and find more intense ways to keep outsiders out of their digital content. We can also expect that privacy concerns will increasingly be focused on their mobile devices, as they rely on them more, and as a rising amount of their personal data is stored on smartphones and tablets. Not surprisingly, in this culture of fear and digital protection obsession, we have noticed a fascination with new and futuristic-sounding concepts for password protection. It could be that very soon finger swipes and four digit pass-codes will be considered antiquated ways of protecting the wealth of data in your phone. In fact, passwords are so troubling to consumers (too many to remember, annoying rules to keep track of) that the future of passwords may be not having passwords at all. Here are a few of the ways password/authentication technology could be amped up in the near future.

1. Expression Unlock: Google’s facial recognition technology Face Unlock was initially praised and then criticized upon release for its ability to be too easily hacked with a photo of the person. But advances in the technology are already on the…


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Quote of the Day: “For Halloween, I’m dressing as Angelica from Hamilton (dress in period clothing and write unsatisfied across my chest).”—Female, 26, MA

Amazon is on track to take over the apparel industry. Their clothing and accessory sales are expected to grow by 30% next year, surpassing Macy’s apparel sales to make them “the biggest apparel seller in the U.S.,” according to a new report from Cowen & Co. The site has ramped up fashion efforts in recent years by launching private label brands, and sponsoring fashion week. Although respondents in a recent shopper survey did not rate Amazon Fashion highly in “site personalization and ease of use," they did mention the convenience and free two-day shipping of Amazon Prime as the biggest draw. (Business Insider)

In just 15 months, Tasty has not only become the driving force behind BuzzFeed video, it has also become one of top three publishing brands on Facebook. According to an analysis by Tubular Labs, in the last three months Tasty’s Facebook videos averaged 22.8 million video views in just the first 30 days, while BuzzFeed’s main Facebook page only averaged 4.7 million in the same timespan. Known for their “overhead shots of hands assembling delicious, bizarre and everything-in-between recipes,” the brand has recently expanded to include celebrity chefs in the mix. (Digiday

Millennials’ desire for convenience is leading the food delivery revolution. According to Mintel, Americans are increasingly choosing to order in than go out, and 45% of U.S. adults have ordered food delivery in the past three months. That percentage increases to 69% among 18-34-year-old males who live in urban areas, with Millennial women not too far behind at 58%. Among all respondents, the top reasons for ordering in were to catch up on TV shows and movies (41%) and eating alone (25%). (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Bordeaux is releasing a new video series to make itself seem approachable and less stuffy to young drinkers. Beyond Bordeaux is a 10-episode YouTube series where the founder of a food magazine visits the best BYOB restaurants to drink Bordeaux wine at, from “neighborhood pizza places in New York to taco joints in L.A. to sushi spots in Chicago.” The brand wants to shed its exclusive and expensive image, and show Millennials their wine can be fun, affordable, and accessible. (Adweek)

Disney and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art are pairing fairytales and fine art for a “fresh” Snapchat campaign. In bi-monthly stories that will be featured on both Disney’s and LACMA’s accounts, the duo will visually retell classics like Beauty and the Beast using works of art and hand-drawn overlays. Disney calls the partnership, “a natural way to add a little magic to art and storytelling to reach a new generation of art and Disney fans alike." LACMA has been using Snapchat since 2014 to playfully highlight and spread awareness of their artwork, winning a Webby for their efforts. (Ad Age)   

Quote of the Day: “For me being an adult means being entirely independent. I pay my own bills, make all decisions in my life, and feel very in control.”—Male, 20, NY

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