Passwords are our default method of securing digital privacy -- but they aren't very secure.
Criminals can pick up passwords easily, Wired's Matthew Honan writes, outlining how disturbingly simple it is. But it's not just the hackers that want to wipe out your checking account -- even police departments without NSA-style clearance can password crack. And in the wake of revelations about the government's widespread surveillance programs, according to CNET, federal authorities may be pushing for passwords.
It could be time to stop trusting passwords and switch over to another security system. But what could replace the venerable password?
Check out the list below for some authentication alternatives: