Re: [CBS MarketWatch] A nose by any other name

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From: Adam L. Beberg (
Date: Sun Jun 25 2000 - 12:27:18 PDT

On Sun, 25 Jun 2000, Linda wrote:

> "You won't need to give out your credit card number or remember a
> password," Atick said. "The system will be able to authenticate that you
> are who you are and you will be able to do what you want and need to do
> without all the hassles."

Silly reporters using the wrong words, no doubt intentionally
misinformed by a marketing department. They ment identify of
course, not authenticate.

Identification without the messy hassles of authentication. Pesky
authentication! The user has to have 2 brain cells to rub together,
which is way too much trouble. Never mind that security is
authentication, NOT identification. Banks and most places already use
only public identity info for most things like signing up for online
access. Get a clue people, your birthday, SSN, and mom's name are not a
secret. How many spams do I get a week for people selling this info
along with everything else about anyone I want? I'm sure they now
include all my info, CC numbers, and signature files from the little pad
thing I have to sign at the store. Welcome to the golden age of fraud.

Once biometric-only systems become the norm, fraud rates will go
exponential because the systems are SOOOO easy to break. Pray this trend
gets killed sooner rather then later.

- Adam L. Beberg
  Mithral Communications & Design, Inc.
  The Cosm Project - -

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