Supplement password protection

Analysts working for the Meta Group have confirmed what IT managers already know: passwords alone do not provide optimum protection for data. The alternatives have been available, and in use, for years: special smartcards or tokens – which look just like a USB stick – store key information that is used in combination with a user password to unlock the computer. Only someone who has the token and knows the password can access the system and the data saved on it.

A variant becoming more common and which is a bit more expensive is to store the user’s biometric data on a smartcard. For authentication, the user’s fingerprint is checked directly on the card instead of using a password.

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