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Kelly22
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3/23/2015 | 11:21:52 AM
Re: Using only Bio-Metrics is Unsecure
From what I've seen, two-factor authentication is a pretty solid means of keeping accounts secure. The problem is, most people are too lazy to use it. Sure, it's annoying, but a small price to pay for tight security.
SunitaT0
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SunitaT0,
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3/22/2015 | 10:54:19 PM
Re: Using only Bio-Metrics is Unsecure
I really like this synchronized access from a device enabled to the PC. Really eliminates all sorts of dependence on the IT department to secure my access. I just would be so happy if they introduced a powerful firewall.
vnewman2
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vnewman2,
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3/19/2015 | 3:08:09 PM
Re: Using only Bio-Metrics is Unsecure
I am talking about home users too (although this a business tech site, so...)

I use dual authentication to get into my gmail and my old hotmail account.  No one has ever broken into either account.
hho927
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hho927,
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3/19/2015 | 2:29:32 PM
Re: Using only Bio-Metrics is Unsecure
We're talking about home users(regular users).

If we're talking about corp users, I agree with you. Corporations may have many layers of authentication to grand users access. Employees have to do it, because it's part of their job.

LOL My co-workers whine: Why it's so difficult to get access? IT dept makes our job more difficult. Computer suppose to make work easier not harder. My answer is : It's not suppose to be easy because if it's easy everybody can access. I'm not going to compromise our security.
vnewman2
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vnewman2,
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3/19/2015 | 2:13:10 PM
Re: Using only Bio-Metrics is Unsecure
The only means I've personally found to be secure - in the sense that no one has ever been able to access accounts without me knowing or have my permission - are those that require dual authentication methods.

In our enterprise, we are also require dual authentication for anyone to remote into the office via Citrix, meaning they need both the ICA Client installed along with a One Time Code when they log in to the web portal.  This type of setup is the result of security audits by our banking clients.
hho927
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hho927,
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3/18/2015 | 1:05:49 PM
Re: Using only Bio-Metrics is Unsecure
:-)

There is nothing secure if users are not aware of anything. If a copy of your finger print is stolen then everything can be stolen.

The most popular password is still 12345. If you make multilayer authentication, do you think the 47% of the population willing to do it? LOL I think not.

BTW: most home computers don't use any password.

 
pea-are
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pea-are,
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3/18/2015 | 9:55:35 AM
Using only Bio-Metrics is Unsecure
Let's not forget that fingerprint readers are just as (or even more) easily by-passed than traditional passwords. Jan Krissler demostrated at the Chaos Computer Club how a fingerprint could be stolen from a high resolution image. 

Using biometrics instead of a password isn't really a fix. It's just giving users another false sense of security. It would be better if Windows recommended users perform multifactor authentication. I'd love to see a pop-up the first time a user logs on suggesting to setup multifactor or the Windows Security Center alerting when multifactor isn't enabled. That would be real progress. It appears that Windows is trying to be trendy and relevant.
Brian.Dean
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3/18/2015 | 6:37:01 AM
Re: Face recognition
Good point @hho927, the limitation of biometric authentication is very real as you described. I feel that passwords have provided the world a good starting point but, as the number of services and devices continue to increase, it become difficult for the consumer or business user to remember 200+ user names and passwords -- biometrics seems to be the best option at the moment.
hho927
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hho927,
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3/17/2015 | 7:28:06 PM
Face recognition
I'm using face recognition system. It doesn't work out well. Put on a hat = it confuses. Longer hair = it confuses.

I'm using a finger print reader now. It works well.

Anyway, underneath all of those, it's still a password base system. The software translate my finger prints, face into a password.


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