September 3, 2013
Your Heartbeat: The Ultimate Password Protection?

Nearly all of computer security boils down to one question: How can a device know that you are you? 
Passwords are the most basic tactic for confirming your identity. If you can come up with your secret string of numbers and letters, you must be you.
But everyone knows that passwords are pretty weak barriers, in part because people are bad at choosing them (tending to use innovative combinations such as “password” and “123456”) and because computers are good at breaking them.
Other than passwords, there are a host of other tricks, all with that same goal in mind: verifying that you are you. Two of the most common are security questions (silliness) and two-step verification such as Gmail’s, which involves a secondary code that only you have access to.
Read more. [Image: Nymi]

Your Heartbeat: The Ultimate Password Protection?

Nearly all of computer security boils down to one question: How can a device know that you are you? 

Passwords are the most basic tactic for confirming your identity. If you can come up with your secret string of numbers and letters, you must be you.

But everyone knows that passwords are pretty weak barriers, in part because people are bad at choosing them (tending to use innovative combinations such as “password” and “123456”) and because computers are good at breaking them.

Other than passwords, there are a host of other tricks, all with that same goal in mind: verifying that you are you. Two of the most common are security questions (silliness) and two-step verification such as Gmail’s, which involves a secondary code that only you have access to.

Read more. [Image: Nymi]

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