Passwords could become a thing of the past if new technology from Intel makes its way to laptops and mobile devices, Reuters reports.
The traditional security method, even when linked to different verification methods, remains an exploit that cybercriminals can pursue. Connectivity online often means that users will keep to the same password, or similar variants — and once one account is breached, that information can be used to tap into financial information, online payment systems, or sensitive work documents.
But if Intel’s prototype “Client-Based Authentication Technology” is successful, biometrics may be the latest defense against cyberattacks.
Intel researcher Sridhar Iyendar demonstrated the technology at Intel’s Developer Forum this week. Waving a hand in front of a “palm vein” detector on a computer, one of Iyendar’s assistants was logged into Windows 7, was able to view his bank account, and then once he moved away the computer locked Windows and went into sleeping mode.
The biometric sensors used on the laptop detect the unique vein patterns on a palm, which is of course far more difficult to forge than a…