“With so little privacy, passwords may soon be tomorrow’s eight-track player, quaintly described to our grandchildren,” Ian Urbina writes for The New York Times.

“In recent years, there has been a push for machines to identify us not by passwords but by things we possess, like tokens and key cards, or by scanning our eyes, voices or fingerprints,” Urbina writes. “iPhones have come equipped with fingerprint scanners for more than a year now. And yet passwords continue to proliferate, to metastasize. Every day more objects — thermostats, car consoles, home alarm systems — are designed to be wired into the Internet and thus password protected. Because big data is big money, even free websites now make you register to view virtually anything of importance so that companies can track potential customers. Five years ago, people averaged about 21 passwords. Now that number is 81, according to LastPass, a company that makes password-storage software.”

Urbina writes, “There is scarcely a more modern sense of anomie than that of being caught in the purgatory where, having forgotten a password, we’re asked personal trivia questions about ourselves that we can’t seem to answer correctly.”

Tons more in the full article – recommended – here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]