With more and more apps relying on telephone numbers rather than usernames and passwords, Wired’s David Pierce reports on how the universality of the smartphone has led to a revolution in the way we connect and access apps. He warns, however, that this increasingly identifiable piece of data needs to be protected. Pierce says that while phone numbers provide greater security than a password, having your identity stolen by using only your number "remains shockingly easy." Pierce goes on to say, “Phone numbers are killing the username, killing the password, and making it easier than ever to go wild online. So guard it with your life, because it is your life.”
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