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Consumer Gadgets: 50 Ways to Have Fun and Simplify Your Life with Today’s Technology…and Tomorrow’s by Nicholas D. Evans

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Chapter 8. Increasing Your Security: Fingerprint Readers and Facial Recognition

One of the issues faced when dealing with an ever-increasing number of personal computing devices, and software applications on those devices, is security. When we access an application-or an online service, we want to ensure that the system knows who we are and that there is no chance of others stealing our identity or our data. Although there is no such thing as absolute security, we can apply some techniques to safeguard our security and our privacy. These techniques typically fall into access control, authentication, and encryption. The username and password has been the mainstay for authentication, but for sensitive applications, it can be insufficient as the ...

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