In a world where internet safety is almost sketchy, a new way to better secure your online life is always useful. Mozilla released Persona in beta version, an authentication system that doesn’t require a password login.
Whereas hackers are now getting even past banks’ security systems, protecting our private data has never been more important. Most of us have weird, long passwords that would give hackers a hard time guessing, but at the same time these are giving us headaches trying to remember them. The new Mozilla solution, Persona, aims to eventually fix that.
Mozilla launched on Thursday Persona service in beta version. Mozilla made the Persona beta version available to anybody who wants to give it a try. The hope is the web developer community will take it for a spin.
Mozilla’s Persona helps store your entire data away from potential attacks. Basically there’s less tracking history and less problems with managing an account password and tons of weird answers to security questions.
The Mozilla Persona no-password login system is not a new concept. In fact it’s been used by the people at OpenID for a while now. It’s similar to your Twitter or Google and Facebook login. The biggest difference is that all your data is stored in your computer safe and sound away from those password muggers on the internet.
How does the Mozilla Persona online authentication system work you might ask? Well, just like your other online authentication services, with a unique password (which this time is stored on your personal device) you can log on to websites which would normally require specific password.
This service comes with its downsides however. There is the risk that your device might be stolen or your password could be retrieved by hackers because we all know that someday, someone will find a breach in the system.
On the other hand, the people at Mozilla already seem to have answers to all your questions. So, Ben Adida, Persona project leader at Mozilla explained that the password can be changed through a simple five minutes protocol from another computer if you lost it.
“For improved protection, we are working on two-factor authentication in future beta versions,” explained Adida. The two-factor authentication means that the user has two devices from which he has control of his account, which makes it virtually impossible for a hacker to gain access of both simultaneously.