(Bloomberg View) — This week, Google's e-mail service Gmail made a tiny change to its log-in procedure. A first screen asks for a username and leads to a separate screen asking for a password. It's a sign of big things to come.

Omer Karatas, a co-founder of the digital security start-up Saaspass, recently told me that participants in last month's RSA conference in San Francisco — a forum for cryptographers and cybersecurity professionals — were in broad agreement that passwords were an unacceptable risk. "There was a panel with the heads of security of Dropbox, Amazon Web Services, Rackspace, Google for Work, Microsoft 365," Karatas said, "and when asked about what the biggest issue for the Internet that needed solving, it was like a chorus: 'Passwords need to go.' The only question is how.'"


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