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Methods for authentication, 12.8.05

Network World

When screening large numbers of people, linking identification to real-world identity (that is, authentication) is a tough problem. As readers probably know, there are four basic methods for authentication:

  • What you know that others don't (e.g., passwords).
  • What you have that others don't (e.g., tokens such as keys or smart cards).
  • What you do that others can't (e.g., the way you sign your name or the phrase on a keyboard).
  • What you are that others aren't (e.g., your fingerprints, retinal patterns, iris characteristics, or face).

    Passwords don't work very well for crowds. Tokens are used all the time - consider airline tickets and passports - but in today's digital scanning and printing world, they are easy to counterfeit.

    [... more on advanced ways to make each method work.]

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    "We shall need compromises in the days ahead, to be sure. But these will be, or should be, compromises of issues, not principles. We can compromise our political positions, but not ourselves. We can resolve the clash of interests without conceding our ideals. And even the necessity for the right kind of compromise does not eliminate the need for those idealists and reformers who keep our compromises moving ahead, who prevent all political situations from meeting the description supplied by Shaw: "smirched with compromise, rotted with opportunism, mildewed by expedience, stretched out of shape with wirepulling and putrefied with permeation.
    Compromise need not mean cowardice. .."

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