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Online Access With a Fingerprint

A new service developed by a researcher at the University of Southampton makes it possible for users to maintain multiple online accounts using a scan of their fingerprint as a password.

The new service, FingerID , has been developed by Sara Alotaibi, who has just completed a Masters degree in Web Technology at the University’s School of Electronics and Computer Science and got the top mark in her cohort for this research.

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“FingerID provides users with the facility to maintain multiple web accounts from a single source just using a fingerprint, and eliminates their concerns about having to remember multiple usernames and passwords,” said Ms Alotaibi.

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In order to develop FingerID, Ms Alotaibi evaluated existing and proposed systems geared towards replacing the conventional form of authentication using a username and password on the Web, and found that not much work had been done in this field. Continue reading …

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