With the number of computer security breaches that have been occurring (2,644 in 2012 as an indicator, and that was before Target), enterprises are having to reconsider what makes for secure on-line consumer access. “Conducting business as usual will no longer suffice,” Security magazine advises. “To reassure and retain now-skittish consumers, any entity that engages in e-commerce must employ greater lock-down methods.ID authentication now requires protection that goes beyond ordinary PIN and passwords.”
One such response, the article continues, is biometric-signature authentication. Users sign in by duplicating via hand-writing a “signature” pattern they have already saved in a given system. Another form is a fingerprint, now being used by Apple on its iPhones.