We Just Got One Step Closer to Killing the Password

The FIDO Alliance, whose members include everyone from Google to Samsung, just announced new password-free standards for regular and two-step authentication. In other words, the entire tech industry now has protocol for letting you sign into accounts without a password. Get ready for everything but typing out *****. » 12/09/14 1:55pm 12/09/14 1:55pm

Inside the Forensic Lab That Fights Crime and Counterfeits With DNA

What you're looking at is me, being blasted by a fog machine. It's not a prop for a rave or a haunted house; it's vapor laced with custom DNA particles that could prove I was at the scene of a crime. And it's just one way a cutting-edge security firm is using life's building blocks to detect counterfeits and bust… » 9/26/14 1:26pm 9/26/14 1:26pm

Confirmed: Your iPod Shuffle Earbuds Need Proprietary Chip to Function

We followed up on iLounge and BBGadgets' finds this weekend about rumors that the iPod Shuffle has an authentication chip in its headphone controller in order to work with the new control scheme. It does. Updated » 3/16/09 1:30pm 3/16/09 1:30pm

World of Warcraft Getting a Hardware Authenticator Tool

The hacking and account stealing has gotten so bad on World of Warcraft that Blizzard has decided to release a hardware authenticator to make sure when you log in, you're actually not some dude in China who looks like me. (Unless you are.) The authenticator costs $6.50, and will spit out a six-digit code-much like the » 6/27/08 3:29pm 6/27/08 3:29pm

Internet Explorer 7 Marketshare Lagging, WGA Check Going Away

Despite the fact that IE7 ships with every copy of Vista and is a free download for every Windows XP user, the browser only has a marketshare of 20-27 percent. Contrast that with Firefox's 17% share, according to one site, and things are looking dour for Microsoft. So what do they do? No, not improve the browser. They… » 10/05/07 6:40pm 10/05/07 6:40pm

Dynahand Software Complicates Logins Without Adding Security

Almost every website you visit these days lets you create an account of some sort to personalize your experience. Remembering all those username/password combos can get tedious and lead to weak, reused passwords that jeopardize your security. Enter Dynahand, a new form of online authentication that requires you to… » 7/03/07 8:15pm 7/03/07 8:15pm

UPEK Eikon Fingerprint Reader Hands-On (It Works With Firefox!)

It's been a while since we last found a fingerprint reader we really liked. The previous champion—the lovely Cylon-red Microsoft Fingerprint Reader—was demoted to just Windows login duty (and eventually abandoned altogether) because of its lack of Firefox support. The Eikon? It supports Firefox. That's just one of the… » 5/31/07 3:18pm 5/31/07 3:18pm

Pen-One Fingerprint Pen Steals Your Identity

What's the point of a pen that can take your signature when you sign? Imagine your credit card being stolen, but if the person who's signing gets their fingerprint taken when they sign, you'll have a record of who the thief was. A stupid example for sure, but there are other, more important uses for the device. Some… » 12/12/06 1:42pm 12/12/06 1:42pm

Snappy Face Recognizer For Computer Authentication

Because fingerprint readers are so 2003, the Snappy Face Recognizer uses your unique natural handsomeness as a password to log into your computer. The 1.3 megapixel camera snaps a few shots of you to compare to whenever you try and authenticate on your machine. » 6/12/06 4:00pm 6/12/06 4:00pm

Jiris Iris Scanner

Are fingerprint readers old hat for you now? Try the Jiris JCP1000 from Jiristech, which uses your iris as authentication. Program in your eye—either one is fine, unless you're a pirate—and the Jiris will pick up your eye signature in a second. The included software also encrypts and decrypts your files. » 5/18/06 7:01pm 5/18/06 7:01pm