3rd Way verification
Short, concise description of the idea
If and when hacking makes authentication difficult/impossible, then physical verification of account at house address could be used in feasible rare cases. It has the added advantage of bridging online and physical reality, for those who opt for it.
Full description of the idea
This is a suggestion. Authentication in special / occasional cases can be enhanced by incorporating a 3rd way of physical verification at the home address one has provided (2nd-way verification being mobile phone).
For example, when there is a problem, you are providing your company address also as a point of contact. In rare cases, a person would take the effort to actually write a letter by post or in the rarest cases may even walk in to our office for clarification. The same could be done on the side of users too.
For example, a facility may be provided as an option for the first time activation of an account to be done by physical postage, if a user wants it for reliability, privacy or any other reason. This will involve considerable cost and is a slow process, but if internet becomes an unsafe place due to a lot of hacking, this added layer of authentication may help (assuming that post office personnel don't steal letters). Google did this with Google Ads, and so this is not new, although it may involve considerable effort in streamlining the business process.
It has the added advantage of bridging online and physical reality, for those who opt for it.
- transparency, integrity, security, privacy, legality
- exposure, discordance, cost, slow down, more gateways for error