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BLOG: Will we embrace biometrics to replace passwords? FIDO authentication at CES 2014

Darlene Storm | Jan. 8, 2014
Dozens of new personal tech products at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2014 use biometrics to scan fingerprints, palm prints and irises, utilize facial recognition, eye tracking, voice recognition and even monitor behavior. While there’s nothing inherently evil about biometrics, who controls all the collected personal data?

"The YubiKey NEO integrates with FIDO's open standards to provide you full ownership and security of your identity across all online services,” stated Stina Ehrensvard, CEO and Founder of Yubico. “As no information or secrets are shared between online service providers, the YubiKey NEO guards your privacy at all times, without you having to rely or be managed by any government, IT or financial organization."

AGNITiO wants you to replace your password with your unique voiceprint for authentication. With Voice iD [pdf], “consumers can speak into their smartphones and other mobile devices to log on hands free, securely access apps and documents, and make secure mobile payments, as well as use a voiceprint to identify themselves with call centers.”FingerQ PrivacQ Triangle

FingerQ wants to read your fingerprint with its small and portable PrivacQ Triangle. The Q-key triangle plugs into a USB port, authenticates a user so he or she can “instantly enjoy authenticated Cloud services to store and sync files or media for your home and office.” 

Nok Nok Labs, whose name is a play on “part of a knock-knock joke to signify authentication,” and Synaptics are also expected to participate in the FIDO Ready showcase with fingerprint authentication solutions.

Also at CES 2014, other FIDO Alliance members will showcase solutions that are in the process of incorporating the FIDO Alliance authentication standards:

Regarding fingerprints, Fingerprint Cards wants to “free users from the burden of using PIN codes and passwords.” The company will demo FPC1020, “the world's first capacitive touch fingerprint sensor for smartphones and tablets using Android.” EgisTec wants you to authenticate with your fingerprint via Yukey-eFIDO. It “gives users universal authentication capabilities for securely logging onto web applications, including eCommerce, mobile payments or wallets, as well as replacing PIN/passwords with fingerprints.”

CrucialTec BTP Aero MouseCrucialTec has the BTP Aero Mouse, which is a remote control with an embedded fingerprint scanner. “The CrucialTec remote control with fingerprint recognition will give personalized access to a user’s favorite channels as well as offer parental controls that can block TV channels using the ‘Kids Lock’ feature.”

GO-Trust microSD JavaGO-Trust developed a microSD Java card to replace password authentication; Java? Yeah, it supports FIDO login and works with “99% of existing laptops and personal computers and the one billion Android devices.”


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