Category: Authentication

Authentication

In 1993, there was a famous New Yorker cartoon that showed a dog telling another, “On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.” While the artist Peter Steiner didn’t give the quote much thought when he wrote it, he unwittingly focused on the key strength and weakness of the Internet. Privacy and anonymity may allow for social and business well-being, yet authentication is essential in a digital world. Authentication is about the continuity of relationships. It helps us to determine who to trust and who not to trust. In fact, in our everyday lives, people authenticate dozens of times a day in the same way animals, plants and even viruses (the

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Biometrics

Biometric technology is a form of authentication used increasingly in everyday life. From taking your fingerprint at immigration to having it as a default feature in Windows 7 (which I was personally responsible for), biometric technology is increasingly used as an alternative to passwords and smart cards. Biometrics is defined as “automated methods of identifying or authenticating the identity of a living person based on a physiological or behavioral characteristic.” Or more simply, it relies on attributes of the individual instead of things the individual may have or know. The history of using biometrics actually goes back many centuries: Genesis Isaac tried to ID Jacob as Esau via touch and