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Biometrics Researchers See World Without Passwords

By Associated Press

November 18, 2013

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Emerging biometric technologies could replace the use of passwords by computer users. Iris and fingerprint scans, as well as facial and voice recognition, can improve security while making lives easier, according to Stephen Elliott, director of the International Center for Biometrics Research at Purdue University, which tests the technologies.

The technology can enable someone to log into a computer or activate a smartphone by swiping a finger over a sensor. Installed at a KFC restaurant in West Lafayette, IN, biometrics enables workers to punch in by placing a finger on a fingerprint scanner attached to their cash register. The technology eliminates the need to memorize or frequently change passwords. The scanners might look like something out of the movies to many people.

"I think once people see the things in consumer's hands--the biometrics in there--then we'll just see people try to push other deployments of biometrics, because it's easier," Elliott says.

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