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Motiv's wearable ring uses two-factor authentication for you

I'm logging into Facebook when that pesky window pops up, alerting me that the website has sent a pin number…

I’m logging into Facebook when that pesky window pops up, alerting me that the website has sent a pin number to my cell phone and requiring that I enter it to ensure I’m not a hacker. Men denne gangen, i stedet for at kigge rundt for min telefon, så jeg kan komme ind i hver enkelt celle, jeg tænker min hånd som om unlocking a door. As if by magic, the digits appear on my screen. I’m in.

This bit of wizardry is the doing of the Motivation, a fitness tracker turned security device that sits on my finger every day, monitoring my heart rate and counting my steps as well as providing two-factor authentication (2FA) as I traipse across the web. Mens den ring blev lanceret i september 201

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Right now the ring can fill in 2FA for you, but Motiv aims to one Day replace your passwords completely with just a gesture. “Motiv’s CEO, Tejash Unadkat.

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Motiv’s new security features integrate into a security protocol called WebAuthn-a set of digital rules that Will enable internet-connected devices, websites, and browsers to use biometrics as authentication. WebAuthn was created by the same organization that established 2FA across the web, and it’s showing promise: Firefox, Chrome, and Microsoft Edge have all signed on to use the default. The Motivation Ring is the first wearable ring to be certified. If and when the standard is more widely adopted by every app and website you use, your Motiv ring could unlock all of them.

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But that password-free future is still far away. For now, 2FA remains the best way to keep your accounts safe, so automatically filling in those pesky pin numbers for you is Motiv’s main security draw, with the possibility of WebAuthn on the horizon. So far, the ring is compatible with a small list of very prominent sites, including Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Dropbox, and Salesforce, although the company says the number will grow.

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What happens if you lose your ring? For that, Motiv has developed another layer of security to ensure that it’s actually you wearing your ring. Called “Walk ID,” the ring measures your gait, something research has shown can be used to accurately identify people. Under set up, the ring ønsker at du går rundt med det i omtrent fem minutter, så det kan lære hvordan du går. Derefter, hver gang du tager av ringen og legger den på igjen, går du rundt for et par minutter for å vise ringen at det er virkelig deg. Then, the app sends a notification to let you know that you have been authenticated via Walk ID, within 99% accuracy.

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To test out Motiv’s promise, I called a ring for a few weeks. Men med det var det ikke så enkelt som det først syntes. Two-factor authentication is a security necessity, but it was a lot of work to go through each security setting again and link it to my Motivation. Often it did not work and the wrong pin would appear when I made the gesture. I could not figure out when the ring was linked and when it was not. Sometimes I was stuck turning my hand over again and again until my arm got tired, with no guidance about what had gone wrong. The set up process was so cumbersome that it was difficult to see why anyone would go to trouble. And while I recorded a Walk ID signature, I could not tell when I was supposed to walk around to authenticate myself, and ended up turning the feature off.

Right now, Motiv’s ring might make sense if every account you use on a regular basis is set up to require 2FA on every login, or even on every session. Jeg har absolutt ikke kontoene mine. On my personal computer, I mostly remain logged in to the websites I use frequently. Selv om jeg erkender at 2FA for hver session ville være den mest sikre måten å sette opp mine kontoer, har jeg sikret sikkerheten for bekvemmelighetens skyld, fordi 2FA er så trangt og forstyrrer strømmen av mitt arbeid. Men med det antall sikkerhetsbrudd som stiger, har 2FA alltid på det sikkert den smarteste, mest sikre måten å være online.

Hvis det var så enkelt som å vride min wrist et par ganger hver gang jeg ønsket at logge ind på en site, would I actually set up all my accounts to require 2FA with every visit? Maybe. Men før det skjer, Motiv har en måt å gå i forhold til pålitelighet, brukeropplevelse, og letthet. After all, if it does not work, you could get locked out of your accounts, and that fear finally stopped me from trusting the ring.

Still, given the sheer number of security breaches-Facebook just this month compromised 30 million accounts-we do need a user-friendly solution that will make it easier to bolster our own security where we can. If Motiv gets its way, it could one day be as easy as a twist of the wrist.

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