iPhone users who are also customers of UK banks RBS and NatWest can now access their online banking app by simply pressing their finger on their phone's home button.
After having added a two-step verification feature to allow users to secure their iCloud (Apple ID) accounts, and extending the protection to iCloud backups last September, Apple has now made the system cover FaceTime and iMessage.
Independent IT security analyst Mark Burnett has released a cleaned up cache of 10 million username and password combinations, in order to give researchers a data set that can be analyzed and from which insights into user behavior can be gleaned and used to improve authentication practices.
ABI Research found that the global mobile multi-factor authentication software and service market will be worth US$1.6 billion by the end of 2015.
IBM researchers revealed plans for a cloud-based technology, called Identity Mixer, that uses a cryptographic algorithm to encrypt the certified identity attributes of a user, such as their age, nationality, address and credit card number in a way that allows the user to reveal only selected pieces to third parties.
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