Katie Couric's Notebook: Digital Identity

CBS Evening News Anchor Katie Couric
CBS Evening News Anchor Katie Couric.

If you're like me, you have one password at work, another one to check e-mail, and another for the bank.

It can be pretty tough to keep track of them. 

So, the Commerce Department is working on a plan to let you send them all to the recycle bin.

Details are expected this spring, but the idea is to have a single user name for everything you do online.

Instead of a password, you'd have some sort of smart card or maybe a fingerprint reader to confirm your identity. Log-in once and go from one website to the next without signing in again. Since each company would maintain its own customer database, you wouldn't have to worry about credit card numbers and other information being stored in one place.

Now, these changes would take years to implement and would be voluntary, at least at first. So, you could still type all those passwords the old-fashioned way - as long as you can remember them.

That's a page from my notebook.

I'm Katie Couric, CBS News.