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We all know we shouldn’t really use the same password for everything we sign into online but alas, we all do it anyway despite knowing how potentially harmful it could be if someone got a hold of that password we’ve been using for years. Thankfully there’s a handful of brainboxes out there figuring out how to eradicate the standard password completely, and Twitter’s Digits is one of them.

Announced during their Flight developer conference yesterday Twitter unveiled a new tool that developers can use so people can easily sign into their app without using a password. Instead Digits will utilise your phone number to send a unique login code to the app that’ll expire as your session ends. Two-factor authentication is on the way too which will boost security even more.

This new tool will allow developers to bypass traditional password authenticated login as well as signing in with Google, Facebook, and even Twitter itself.

Though the new tool requires developers to actually implement Digits into their app, Twitter seem to have a few convincing reasons for them to do so. For example, are you sick of having to remember your username and password for websites or apps you rarely use? Digits will easily let you sign into the app without having to remember username and password combinations, provided you have the same phone number you had before, you’ll easily be able to just receive another code and log right in.

Developers can already begin adding Digits into their apps, but it may be a little while until we see the tool come into regular use.

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Many people shout that the password is dead or should be killed dead. The password could be killed only when there is an alternative to the password. Something belonging to the password (PIN, passphrase, etc) and something dependent on the password (ID federations, 2/multi-factor, etc) cannot be the alternative to the password. Neither can be something that has to be used together with the password (biometrics, auto-login, etc). At the root of the password headache is the cognitive phenomena called “interference of memory”, by which we cannot firmly remember more than 5 text passwords on average. What worries us is… Read more »