College Seeks Security in Thumbs

Anonymous, Wired, Aug 06, 2002
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Let's face it, the loss of a thumb is much less likely than the loss of a password. And nobody is going to guess my thumbprint. And I don't have to rotate it every three months. So I can think of many reasons why I would prefer to use my thumbprint rather than a PIN or password to access personal data. And though the article raises questions about the use of thumb prints evoking thoughts of 'Big Brother' I have no illusion that I will be giving away any more personal privacy than is already spirited away through the usual channels. The only question is: are the thumb-readers reliable enough?
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