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User Authentication Goes High-Tech

ONLINE PRIVACY

January 3, 2012

Studies show that sophisticated technologies are making it easier for hackers to crack the current system of user authentication--passwords--meaning some tech firms are looking at other ways of identifying users, reports The New York Times. A recent blog post predicted that users may no longer need passwords, pointing to biometrics as the wave of the future, but one Web researcher says a problem with biometric authentication is "once your digital biometric signature is compromised, you cannot even replace it." A security expert warns all authentication has drawbacks, and using more than one is always best. One tech giant recently launched a behavioral password system using gestures in addition to a password and facial recognition. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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