Don't you know who I am?

Tuesday, 17 September 2002, 1:03 PM EST

The importance of security just seems to increase as time passes. Anecdotal and survey evidence suggests that cyber crime is on the increase; from hackers, out and out criminals and other sources such as disgruntled staff. There are many aspects to the whole area of security - but one where the technology just gets better and better is the issue of identity.

Passwords are the traditional form of identity validation, but there are problems with passwords. First of all, people make poor choices of password - from a security perspective. They usually select words that are easy to remember and, to make it worse, people will often reveal them to colleagues, will put them on post-it notes and if they are made to change them frequently, they forget them.

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