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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
5/15/2016 12:01:17 PM
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Re: Factors
@mhh: You're not alone.  There are people who, for various medical reasons, have unreadable or even absent fingerprints -- who have faced difficulties with their banks and other entities they deal with that require a fingerprint.

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
5/14/2016 7:39:13 AM
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Re: Factors
@dcawrey: Well, iPhone also now allows lengthy passwords that go beyond numerics.  But multifactor authentication does offer enhanced security -- because of the weaknesses of any one individual factor.

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kq4ym
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5/13/2016 5:54:48 PM
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Re: Factors
Even if "there is no silver bullet to solve authentication issues," it would seem that Apple and others are on the right track with biometrics and with SDN and NFV it would be a good guess that "automatic" security may not be too far off. 

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Ariella
Ariella
5/13/2016 4:32:37 PM
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Re: Factors
@mhhf1ve that's a cool idea, designated body parts for different accounts. But I can just picture that leading to gory bit of action in a movie in which a person is literally hacked to death in order to gain access to his accounts. 

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
5/13/2016 2:49:13 PM
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Re: Factors
I'm dreading biometric security... so far it just hasn't worked very well for me. My fingerprints never seem to register correctly -- and I can just imagine that I'll have to get my iris re-registered every time I get new glasses. 

(Or maybe I should just go with the Nick Fury technique of using one eye for one account and another eye for my super-secret backup account.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V81JsgXlJN0#t=1m45s

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
5/13/2016 9:21:54 AM
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Re: Factors
@Liz: They're already here!  I remember in 2009 taking a tour of an ultra swank hotel in downtown Boston, being shown around by the general manager, and their priciest room had a big iris scanning device that looked like it was straight out of a James Bond movie (Pierce Brosnan era).  He went on to explain that frequent guests can keep their iris scan on file, so that they don't even have to go to the front desk to check in for their reservation; they can just go straight to the room.

And I thought, "Coooool!"

And, indeed, it was.  It's a neat way to leverage security as a customer-experience feature.

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dcawrey
dcawrey
5/12/2016 4:02:57 PM
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Re: Factors
Great piece highlighting the problem of passwords. I think most users are at wits end trying to rememebr password, and so the technology needs change.

One-time passwords are a good solution, but I think what Apple has done on phones with biometrics is really the future. Before the iPhone had fingerprint scanning we used non-secure four digit number passwords. I believe we have evolved. 

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LizCoyne
LizCoyne
5/11/2016 11:26:36 AM
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Re: Factors
Retina scans are next @Joe!

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
5/9/2016 8:21:47 AM
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Factors
I continue to be chagrined by all of these pundits who insist that passwords are the inherently weak and biometrics are inherently strong.

As one actual expert put it to me recently: "Count your fingers.  Count your toes."  There is limited entropy there -- compared to the # of passwords you can have and how frequently you can change them.

Multi-factor is great, but going from one factor to the other isn't going to do much good.

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