The embedded fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 5s has paved the way for greater acceptance of biometric technology, according to the Future Password Index from digital financial services provider Intelligent Environments. Some 79% of Brits would ditch passwords in favor of biometric security measures like fingerprint scanners.
29 Jul, 2014iPhone NFC rumor mill swirling
The latest iPhone 6 rumors say the handset will finally include near field communication, a secure element and forgo host-card emulation. Martin Cox, global head of sales at Bell ID, says that Apple will attempt to bypass the mobile operators and the banks with its Apple Wallet. This system will use the embedded secure element and the payment card that is linked to a consumer’s iTunes account.
Real-world deployments reveal range of secure services
Contactless smart cards can do more than open doors. So, what do college students, business travelers, sports enthusiasts and visitors of theme parks have in common? They’re all using contactless smart cards to make purchases, personalize their experiences and access loyalty programs.
“Operation Emmental” – as in swiss cheese – is a variation om a man-in-the-middle attack, that found a way around two-factor authentication tokens that are sent as text messages for users to activate banking sessions.
The FIDO Alliance standards initiative was a key topic at the Cloud Identity Summit (CIS) and the alliance conducted an interoperability session where members demonstrated how their FIDO Ready solutions could work together.
News briefs of the week, including: PKI is the gold standard when it comes to identity management and the market is poised for growth; HID Global teamed with Eid Passport to supply the company with the ActivID Credential Management System; Bionym and Winfrasoft joing the FIDO Alliance.
23 Jul, 2014‘Digital tattoo’ uses NFC to unlock handsets
First came the “Skip” an NFC-enabled clip that can be used to unlock the Moto X and now VivaLnk is selling a digital tattoo to unlock handsets also using the short-range communication protocol.