Biometric Security Not Ready to Replace Passwords

    Date06 May 2002
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Biometrics vendors are doing their best to supplant passwords as the chief form of computer security, but Government Computer News Lab tests indicate that many of their products are not quite ready. Some developers have continued to improve already good devices, but others need to go back to the drawing board. . . . Biometrics vendors are doing their best to supplant passwords as the chief form of computer security, but Government Computer News Lab tests indicate that many of their products are not quite ready. Some developers have continued to improve already good devices, but others need to go back to the drawing board.

    Bad biometric security is worse than no security at all because it can lock out a legitimate user, admit an interloper or - perhaps most dangerous - lull a network administrator into a false sense of safety.

    For this review we examined six fingerprint-recognition devices and one voice-recognition device. A word of caution: An administrator cannot deploy large numbers of any of those fingerprint devices without third-party administrative software.

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