Are Humans the Most Secure Key?

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Passwords are words or other strings of characters, sometimes kept secret or confidential, that must be supplied by a user in order to gain full or partial access to a multiuser computer system or its data resources. Back before the technological era, passwords were words or phrases that were spoken to gain access to something. For example, in the 1920's, during the prohibition era, in order to walk into a speakeasy you needed a specific password. On the other hand, in this day in age, passwords are used in almost every aspect of life. Whether someone needs to manage their money on a banking website or needs to catch up with friends on a social media website, one needs a password to access their confidential information on a computer. However, people need numerous passwords in order to access the never ending content that a computer can provide, but usually use the same password for everything. With all passwords being stored on the internet or a computer and various programs being created for computers, it has become easy for hackers, microcomputer users who attempt to gain unauthorized access to proprietary computer systems, to steal a person's identity, money, or other personal belongings stored on a computer or the internet. Under these circumstances, we need some sort of password that cannot be hacked. Speaking about this, engineers have successfully created devices, called biometric scanners, to read, what most believe, the most secure and reliable passwords on this planet, the human finger, eye, and face; however, those human features are not the most secure or reliable passwords on this planet. For instance, the most common biometric password, the human finger, is the easiest to hack and one of the most unreliable devic... ... middle of paper ... ...ate, personal information behind a biometric scanner? Works Cited Adams, John. "Will Biometrics Kick Passwords To The Curb?." American Banker 177.150 (2012): 15. Business Source Complete. Web. 20 Nov. 2013. "Hackers.", n.d. Web. 20 Nov. 2013. Hallam, Kristen. "Biometric Technology Combats Medical Identity Theft." Businessweek.Com (2013): 1. Business Source Complete. Web. 15 Nov. 2013. Hawkins, Dana. "Body Of Evidence." U.S. News & World Report 132.5 (2002): 60. Points of View Reference Center. Web. 15 Nov. 2013. Olson, Parmy. "Researchers Trick Iris Scanner With Forged Eye Images." Forbes.Com (2012): 35. Business Source Complete. Web. 21 Nov. 2013. "Password.", n.d. Web. 20 Nov. 2013. The, Editorial B. "Biometric Technology Takes Off." New York Times. Sep 21 2013. ProQuest. Web. 15 Nov. 2013 .

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