Items tagged with FIDO

The security of devices has never been more at the forefront of thought for many users as it is now. Hackers from around the world are targeting the devices that we use each day from smartphones to tablets to PCs. One of the ways that consumers can avoid being hacked is to choose passwords that are more complex and less likely to be guessed, or fail under a brute force attack. The problem is that most people can't remember a complex password and therefore use easier passwords.  The FIDO Alliance is a consortium that is focused on open source authentication standards, and it is pushing to make secure login protocols more seamless than they are today. Google and FIDO have announced that Android... Read more...
Synaptics was been working on a comprehensive, yet simple to use, fingerprint authentication technology that the company hopes will make a big splash with gamers and corporate users alike. Although it’s had a couple of names over the last year or so, Synaptics’ upcoming IronVeil technology -- as it is now known -- is just about ready for prime time. We’ve had the chance to play with a pre-production Ttesports Black V2 mouse featuring IronVeil for a couple of weeks and definitely think the technology has merit, for a few reasons.IronVeil is really a combination of hardware and software. The IronVeil fingerprint sensor is designed to be integrated into the body of a mouse, located where a user’s... Read more...
If you’re responsible about managing passwords for your email and other online accounts, you’re probably juggling a bunch of memorized passwords or using software that stores them for you. The FIDO Alliance wants to make online passwords a thing of the past and have us providing our credentials via pluggable devices, thumbprints, and other easy methods. The Alliance has already reeled in some big names in the security industry who see a need for a widely-used authentication protocol for websites, and now it’s landed a particularly big fish: Microsoft is now on its board of directors. Launched last year FIDO, which stands for Fast IDentity Online, is a relatively young group,... Read more...
In an effort to make online shopping and authentication more secure and less reliant on passwords, an increasing number of companies are joining the FIDO Alliance, which among other things is pushing for the use of fingerprint scanning. MasterCard is the latest to join the FIDO Alliance, and perhaps one of the most important at this early stage, as it's the first major payment network to hop on board. FIDO is currently at work developing technical specifications for an open standard that includes biometric data such as fingerprint scanning, which would be used to replace passwords when shopping online or logging into a website. This kind of technology obviously requires a physical scanner. Apple's... Read more...
Interest around Google Glass has revived the idea of wearable computing in many circles and inspired research into areas that might, at first glance, seem a bit far-fetched. One such program is FIDO -- Facilitating Interactions for Dogs with Occupations. The idea? Build a harness that would allow a dog to communicate with its handler remotely via wireless technology and possibly Google Glass. Ridiculous, right? Not so fast. The head of the project, Kristof Van Laerhoven, has designed a canine harness that the dog with jaw-friendly handles that the dog can pull to transmit a tone, activate a sensor, or transmit a verbal command. No, you and Spot aren't going to have a long discussion on the merits... Read more...