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Microsoft has several goodies in store for Windows 10 users with its forthcoming Anniversary Update, things like subtle Start Menu tweaks and better pen support. One of the more anticipated additions, at least for anyone who values security, is a Windows Unlock feature that will work in conjunction with companion devices. Let's say you're sitting at a PC that doesn't have a webcam for face authentication or fingerprint reader. That rules out Windows Hello, though with Windows Unlock, you can still have a two-factor authentication scheme for logging in. The first of course is your trusty password,... Read more...
In step with Apple's move towards fingerprint recognition technology with the introduction of the iPhone 5S, Samsung introduced similar (yet by all accounts not as good) functionality when their Galaxy S5 bowed last spring. Now, though, just a year later, Samsung looks to be pointing the finger elsewhere, coming together with the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) to bring iris-scanning technology to their future mobile products. SRI, an independent non-profit research institute, already offers its award-winning Iris on the Move (IoM) biometric system via various SRI-branded products,... Read more...
A compromised password for your social network account can quickly jump from an inconvenience to a nightmare, so services like Google have long offered two-step verification features to help you prove you’re, well, you. LinkedIn is finally getting in on the game with its own verification program, which sends you a text message when someone accesses your account from a new computer. If that someone is you, you enter a code and you’re on your way. If that’s not you, whoever has your password is stopped in his tracks. Two-step verification on LinkedIn from LinkedIn LinkedIn only... Read more...
Twitter has had more than its share of security breaches on its accounts of late, from the Wall Street Journal and New York Times to CBS to Burger King and Jeep, and now the social platform is addressing security by rolling out login authentication. In a blog post, Twitter’s product security team said, “We occasionally hear from people whose accounts have been compromised by email phishing schemes or a breach of password data elsewhere on the web. Today we’re introducing a new security feature to better protect your Twitter account: login verification.” Essentially, it’s... Read more...
Imagine a world without passwords. Scary, right? There's no doubt that passwords are an integral part of computing, because they allow us the easiest form of security when accessing our online accounts. But, as has been evidenced time and time again, passwords are far from bulletproof, especially if you generally don't care about them or get lazy about them. Anytime a password database gets leaked, check out how many of them are the same - as hard as it is to believe, some people still use "password" as a password. On the opposite end of the spectrum, you might have complex passwords - as... Read more...
Sony Corporation today announced the development of a finger vein authentication technology called "mofiria." The user-friendly technology offers quick response and high accuracy and comes in a compact size for mounting on mobile devices such as a personal computer or mobile phone.With the increase of networked products and services, a user-friendly interface for personal authentication and higher security of personal information is in great demand.Compared to the other biometric authentication techniques, vein authentication technology achieves higher accuracy on personal identification and forgery... Read more...