Beyond passwords: New tools to identify humans

The New York Times report that as everything around us becomes connected to the internet, from cars to thermometers to the stuff inside our mobile phones, technologists are confronting a tough new challenge: How does a machine verify the identity of a human being? Authentication has been a tough nut to crack since the early days of the web. And despite the notorious risks they carry, user names and passwords have held on. Now comes a new generation of authentication alternatives. Apple is said to be incorporating a fingerprint sensor in the new iPhone that it plans to introduce this week. Motorola executives have said they were experimenting with electronic tattoos as a way to authenticate users for its future phones…

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