Nuance Communications is a tech firm that understands how tired you are of keeping up with conventional passwords. The firm is promoting human voice recognition as a way to secure user accounts.
Traditional password authentication systems are often vulnerable and easy to hack. So, Nuance studied over 100 different characteristics of the human voice to determine whether or not it's you. Nuance's technology analyzes these differences to accurately determine the user. The voice biometric technology is refined to the point it can weed out voice impersonators, digital recordings and synthetic voices that try to dupe its system.
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From the personal security of citizens to companies like Sony, and (most recently) politicians, the need to move beyond simple password technology and circumvent hackers has never been more urgent. Last year alone, major companies like Yahoo, LinkedIn, and Dropbox all reported major data breaches involving account details such as email addresses and hashed passwords. With such information, a hacker can plunder through an email account and gain access to valuable personal identity information, financial records and more.
Another company that has taken this technology a step further is SecureAuth - it lets companies go "passwordless," and also spots any unusual activity on a user account. "The approach leverages an existing device many people have: Smartphones built with fingerprint readers," said Keith Graham, CTO of SecureAuth.
When you log on to a SecureAuth system, you receive a notification sent to your phone that can only be unlocked with your fingerprint. Clicking on the notification will then grant access to the system.
However, SecureAuth's authentication process is also on the lookout for unusual behavior from the user even after log on. For instance, it'll examine inconsistencies with the person's keystrokes, mouse movements, where the user logged in from, at what time, along with the configuration settings on the device. In that way, SecureAuth can assess whether someone accessing the system is possibly a hacker or not. "It doesn't only matter how big a lock you have on the door," Graham said. "It's about how quickly you can respond to remove the attacker from the environment."
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