A group of Yahoo researchers have demonstrated that apart from fingerprints, other parts of the human body, such as ears, fists, palms and fingers, can also be successfully used to authenticate users to their mobile phones.
Google developers have created Password Alert, an open source Chrome extension that aims to prevent users from entering their Google password in a phishing site or, alternatively, alert them when they did so and urge them to change their password.
As users are instructed to create ever more complex passwords, and developers are starting to use encryption methods more difficult to crack than standard hashing functions, password crackers (and penetration testers) must wisely choose which type of password attack to try first, second, and so on.
At RSA Conference 2015, RSA launched the RSA Via family of Smart Identity solutions, engineered to combine authentication, identity and access management, and identity governance silos into one unified solution that allows dynamic, end-to-end identity management across diverse systems and users.
The boundaries of what defines a bank or payment provider are blurring, with innovators such as Apple and PayPal now competing in this space.
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