2012 may be known as the year that broke the password. We were continually hearing about a website, e-mail server or Twitter account that got hacked and ruined someone’s day. Google’s had enough. In a report that will be published later this month, Google’s security team looks to the future of passwords, and they’re a lot more physical than you might think. The team has designed a USB-based Yubico log-on device that they’re testing now. This device would automatically sign you into Google after you plug it into your computer. Pretty neat. This device opens up a whole world of possibilities, like having your phone near a computer automatically log you into and out of sites, or even a wearable ring that would let log you in by tapping your PC. While these options would make remote hacking far more difficult, a physical password presents other issues. Lose your ring? Get your phone stolen? Better report it stolen or find it quick!
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Shelly Palmer is a business advisor and technology consultant. He helps Fortune 500 companies with digital transformation, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn's Top Voice in Technology, he is the co-host of "Think About This with Shelly Palmer & Ross Martin." He covers tech and business for Good Day New York, writes a weekly column for Adweek, is a regular commentator on CNN and CNBC, and writes a popular daily business blog. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com.