The search for alternative, safe, easy, and inexpensive user authentication methods has become a very central question due to the rise of attacks targeting and defeating user passwords (see e.g. link). However, “inexpensive” at the Internet scale is contradictory to “safe”, so the search for better compromises than passwords looks both like a Graal quest and squaring the circle. In this post, I look at how secure the proposed alternatives are. Read More
Rumors that Apple would integrate a biometric sensor in its future iPhone are even older than Apple’s acquisition of Australian fingerprint technology company Authentec in July 2012. These rumors inflated this summer, to the point that they seemed less rumors than a well distillated teasing by Cupertino.