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No password? No worries! Two new standards aim to make logins an API experience

Norman Nescio

Repeat after me:

A biometric is not an authentication mechanism, it is merely an identifier.


People who use biometrics as passwords are basically of the opinion that with a sufficiently complicated username, you don't need a password to be secure.

There are plenty of people willing to take full advantage of such ignorance.

The reason hardware-based tokens are usable is that they are only associated with an identity, and that association can be broken if it is necessary, and a new token associated with the identity in its place. This is difficult to do with fingerprints, retinal scans and hand vein patterns (easy to break, not so easy to substitute).

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