Twitter launched Digits this week, and introduced their suite of tools that will be geared towards making computing easier called “Fabric.” The launch of Digits was dubbed as “a better way to sign in,” according to the company, and the goal is to eliminate “complex” usernames and passwords.
The way it would work is relatively simple. Most individuals in the tech space agree on the fact that the username and password are definitely outdated, and poses some security threats of its own. However, Digits allows developers to install a button that allows users to log in to a platform or mobile app by providing their cell phone number. The number is then confirmed by the app through a text message.
Users shouldn’t expect to be bombarded by Twitter within Digits. In fact, the company even reported directly that the social network won’t have anything to do with this method of logging in. Digits isn’t going to cost anyone money, either. According to Twitter, the company is making the standalone service available for free, and that it was built through researching how people would like to use their smartphones – up against how they currently are forced to.
No one is contending that the concept of logging in with a password and username, or even phone number if truly integrated with Digits on a desktop computer is a bad thing. In fact, they’re mostly contending the opposite. It works, and that makes sense. However, Twitter defends harshly that it doesn’t make sense to use usernames and passwords on mobile devices – like smartphones – when you have an even more personalized and more secure method to login to apps on devices.
This is also something that makes sense in less developed countries as well. Smaller countries, and those that are less developed don’t have desktop computers, but they do however have smartphones – or at least that’s the consensus. So now, companies are faced with the unique ability to utilize different means as a username and password. It doesn’t seem that relevant to use an email address, for example, when many users won’t have an email address to use, but will have a mobile phone number.
This really speaks to the changing of the guard that’s happening within the security, and internet/mobile communities. There is a line being drawn, and it’s not what many people thought. Security isn’t necessarily more information, but rather smarter information.