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The Right To Authenticate: Microsoft Offers Free Multifactor Authentication to Office 365 Users

The Right To Authenticate: Microsoft Offers Free Multifactor Authentication to Office 365 Users

Yesterday, Microsoft announced that it will be offering multifactor authentication to Office 365 users. Organizations with the Midsize Business, Enterprise, Academic, Nonprofit and standalone Office 365 subscriptions will now have the option of better than password protection for free. That is: no additional cost in terms of subscriptions or products. Commonly referred to as two-step…

Samsung’s Mobile Biometrics, Students for Digital Wallets and the Big Biometric Opportunities of 2014 – Mobile ID World Industry News Roundup: Jan 20-14

Samsung’s Mobile Biometrics, Students for Digital Wallets and the Big Biometric Opportunities of 2014 – Mobile ID World Industry News Roundup: Jan 20-14

The week started off with another rumor out of Korea concerning Samsung’s answer to Apple’s iPhones 5S, specifically regarding the better-than-PIN security that will typify this next generation smartphones. Initially rumored to be the first smartphone featuring a built-in iris scanner, the Korea Herald has cited anonymous sources that the Samsung Galaxy S5, set for…

Federal Agencies Found at Risk Due to Bad Employee Mobility Habits

Federal Agencies Found at Risk Due to Bad Employee Mobility Habits

People can be lazy, careless and obnoxious beings. They can be annoying and inconsiderate, unhealthy and dishonest. These qualities are the sort that have prevented many a serial rookie from keeping or landing jobs. Manifested in bad habits ranging from gossip to procrastination to poor hygienic practices and beyond, you don’t want these characteristics showing…

CES 2014: ZTE Introduces Voice Biometric Screen Lock to its Android Devices

CES 2014: ZTE Introduces Voice Biometric Screen Lock to its Android Devices

Voice biometrics have been gaining popularity recently in the area of smartphone security. The authentication modality is a natural fit for phones: it requires no additional hardware since the entire initial concept of the phone was (at least originally) based around a microphone and a speaker, in some cases it can run in the background…

Smart Cards: Fingerprint Cards and SmartMetric Protect Digital Wallet With Biometrics

Smart Cards: Fingerprint Cards and SmartMetric Protect Digital Wallet With Biometrics

One of the biggest benefits rising from the marriage between strong authentication and mobile technology is convenience. Ease of use on the transactions making side of things is where the traction is coming from in terms of end-user demand. Not only are PINs and passwords too abundant to keep track of and too cumbersome to enter…

Device as Token: The Delicate Balance Of Security Versus Convenience

Device as Token: The Delicate Balance Of Security Versus Convenience

When it comes to adding payment protection in the constantly developing world of commerce there is a balancing act that needs to be performed. One of the reasons that passwords and PINs are being replaced with stronger methods of authentication goes beyond the simple idea of providing better protection, and that is the concept of…

In the Beginning: Fingerprint Biometrics in Mobile ID

In the Beginning: Fingerprint Biometrics in Mobile ID

Now that the iPhone 5S and Touch ID have been released, I thought it would be fun to take you down memory lane regarding how mobile biometric (namely fingerprint) devices began to see success with key milestones along the way. It began in 1995 with a company known as Digital Biometrics, Inc. (DBI) commissioned by Harris…

Samsung Galaxy Rumored to Feature Iris Biometric Security

Samsung Galaxy Rumored to Feature Iris Biometric Security

Mobility and biometrics are well suited for each other. With passwords and PINs no longer fit for protecting important data, such as personal financial information, payment transactions or confidential business materials, a stronger method needed to enter onto the scene and preferably provide less friction than the inconvenient and under-used methods of the recent past.…

Biometrics as Human Interface: HTC One max Code Leak Implies New Functionality

Biometrics as Human Interface: HTC One max Code Leak Implies New Functionality

Now that Touch ID has fired the proverbial starter’s pistol on the smartphone fingerprint sensors race, with an ETA for Android devices slowly counting down, the simple information that the next HTC mobile will be sporting its own biometric lock is not remarkable news on its own – that sort of thing is to be…

Over 100 Wireless Patents Picked Up By Fingerprint Cards

Over 100 Wireless Patents Picked Up By Fingerprint Cards

Few companies can claim to have benefited more from the mainstreaming of fingerprint biometrics that is being heralded in by Apple’s iPhone 5S and its Touch ID feature than Swedish sensor manufacturer Fingerprint Cards (FPC). In the wake of even just the rumor of an Apple endorsed biometric lock back in July, FPC’s stock received…

iPhone 5S Spoofed – Should we Give Up on Fingerprints?

iPhone 5S Spoofed – Should we Give Up on Fingerprints?

Many may have seen in the press that the German hacking group Chaos Computer Club (CCC) has claimed to have spoofed (not hacked) the Touch ID fingerprint device in the new iPhone 5S.  Many may have been surprised by their success and are now questioning whether Apple’s reputation has been blemished.  In short, it hasn’t. What…

Finger Q Launched in Asia, Brings Mobile Fingerprint ID To Android

On Monday Android users in Asia got a quick fix for their fingerprint sensor craving that resulted from last weeks still very talked about Apple Touch ID announcement in the form of FingerQ from World Wide Touch Technology (WWTT). Available in sleeve or key form and operating via micro-USB connection, Finger Q products are mounted…

Touch ID: Apple’s iPhone 5S Fingerprint Biometrics Announcement

Touch ID: Apple’s iPhone 5S Fingerprint Biometrics Announcement

Ever since Apple acquired Authentec in July of 2012, and with it the design patents for fingerprint biometrics technology, the world of mobile security has been completely abuzz with rumors and speculation, not so much of whether or not we will see fingerprint biometrics powered locks in an iPhone, but when that sighting will occur.…

Biometric Fingerprint Locks Rumored For The Next iPhone

The iPhone 5S may ship with built-in biometric fingerprint sensor in its home button. The hot rumor comes the day after the beta release of the new iOS 7 development kit, given in advance to developers in order to better craft applications to fit the new operating system’s rules and features. The news comes courtesy…

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