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Identity verification over the Internet - A new approach


Verification of identity over the Internet is becoming a big headache. Passwords and PINs are almost impossible to remember and their security leaves a lot to be desired. Biometrics are expensive and can easily be compromised when used over the Internet. Smart cards are promising, but require passwords or biometrics to bind the card to the user. Applications such as Internet banking which may only be used occasionally are particularly vulnerable to these problems and this may be constraining widespread adoption. A new approach called Passfaces based on our remarkable ability to remember and recognise randomly assigned faces seems promising and is well worth checking out.

Nick Collin

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