Say goodbye to computer passwords and hello to biometric readers

Say goodbye to computer passwords and hello to biometric readers

Here’s the fundamental problem with passwords: They are most effective in protecting a company when they are long, complicated and changed frequently. In other words, when employees are least likely to remember them.

As a result, technology companies are rushing to provide solutions that are both more secure and more convenient. Many laptops now come with built-in fingerprint readers. Smartphones and other devices, too, are opening up biometric options such as facial and voice recognition.

Apple Inc. last year acquired AuthenTec Inc., a developer of fingerprint-sensor technology, and on Tuesday it said its new iPhone will come with a fingerprint sensor. Microsoft Corp. says its Windows 8.1 operating system, due out next month, is “optimized for fingerprint-based biometrics.” Biometric authentication will be usable more extensively within the system, the company says.

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