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Authentication Mechanisms – How Secure are They?

Authentication Mechanisms – How Secure are They?

Hello everyone! Recently, I’ve been reading about the Digest Authentication mechanism (RFC 2617) after reading the Account Password Policy section of the Windows Local Computer and Group Policy Object (GPO) editors piqued my interest. RFC 2617 describes two primary authentication methods: Basic and Digest. Basic Authentication Basic is as simple as it is insecure. Basic transfers the specified username and password in PLAINTEXT unless of course surrounded by a layer of encryption such as SSL/TLS. Which I’d STRONGLY recommended you…

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Increased Demand for Biometrics

Increased Demand for Biometrics

Hello again my kind readers! I’ve recently found out that Biometrics are rapidly becoming the world’s favorite method of authentication in a digital world. I for one am not for this form of authentication as I’ve made clear once before. While Biometric technology may technically be more secure and easier and in some cases (such as logging onto a public computer – especially from the Windows lock screen). I do have a couple of problems with it (primarily regrading security…

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