Mythbusters beat "unbreakable" fingerprint door lock

My good friend Jamie Sharp sent me this link today. It’s amazing: watch how Adam and Jamie easily defeat a fingerprint lock the manufacturer claims has never been broken. As if to snub the claims, they break it three times! Supposedly it monitors pulse, sweat, temperature, and other attributes. First, Adam obtains an impression of…

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What do YOU need out of two-factor authentication?

Two-factor authentication continues to grow in popularity and emerge as a security requirement for many people I meet with. At Microsoft, we use smartcards internally for VPN access right now; soon we’ll be requiring smartcards for domain logon, too. We are also looking at ways to require two-factor authentication for web-based services, like Outlook Web Access, published…

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It's me, and here's my proof: why identity and authentication must remain distinct

My February Security Management column is posted: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/community/columns/secmgmt/sm0206.mspx No matter what kinds of technological or procedural advancements occur, certain principles of computer science will remain — especially those concerning information security. I’ve noticed lately that, among all the competing claims of security vendors that their latest shiny box will solve all your security woes, a…

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