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1年前

Text Password - Lamentable, Not Blamable

Hitoshi Kokumai · We can LAMENT that text passwords are so hard to manage, but it would be silly if we BLAME the text passwords when citizens do not have an alternative solution with which the citizens can achieve the same or better security without depending on the text passwords. ·  We recommen ...

2年前

Is This Silence Due to Awareness of Complicity?

Hitoshi Kokumai · Biometrics has continuously contributed to providing a favorable environment to criminals, not to citizens, for nearly two decades and the public has been misled to believe that biometrics has provided better security for citizens. · This false sense of security might well keep ...

2年前

Quick Money from False Sense of Security – Ethically Dubious Business Practice

Hitoshi Kokumai · Summary: The password is insufficient, but not harmful. Biometrics is harmful, and not sufficient.  · Attempting to make quick money by spreading a false sense of security is ethically dubious and practically suicidal. · - Is the password weaker than biometrics? · It is not feasi ...

2年前

Context-dependent Descriptions of ‘Password-less’ Authentication

Hitoshi Kokumai · The word 'Password-less' seems to be multi-semantic depending on the context. Let us break it down. · 1. Where the entire family of passwords is removed from digital identity altogether, we would have only two authenticators - physical token and biometrics. · Since biometrics r ...

2年前

Spoofing and Liveness-Detection of Biometrics

Hitoshi Kokumai · Summary: 'Spoofing' of body features is an additional factor that raises false acceptance/match rates, while a 'counter-spoofing' measure is an additional factor that raises the false rejection/non-match rates. · You may well be aware of this news - http://www.forbes.com/sites/ ...

2年前

Biometrics and Me

Hitoshi Kokumai · It was on the website of a globally famous electronics manufacturer I visited in 2001 that I first noticed this awkward phenomenon. · They alleged that their face biometrics was going to kill the password altogether from identity authentication. It immediately occurred to me wha ...

2年前

Hey, Biometrics Guys! Get Provoked!

Hitoshi Kokumai · Over several years we have repeatedly made clear that biometrics brings down security to the level lower than a password-only authentication where it is used together with a password in a ‘multi-entrance’ deployment, as against a “multi-layer” deployment. · The first article wri ...

2年前

Password-killer = Democracy-killer

Hitoshi Kokumai · Still seeing not a few people alleging loudly that better security would be achieved by removing the password from digital identity, I would bring back my earlier article published on ValueWalk two years ago – “Democracy Would Be Dead Where The Password Is Killed” · “Some securi ...

2年前

‘Improvised’ 2-factor authentication everyone can deploy right now at no cost

Hitoshi Kokumai · We would like to make a suggestion to extract an extra power from the ubiquitous legacy password systems. · It might take some more years before Expanded Password System we advocate becomes readily available to every citizen on the globe. As a stopgap measure for security-consci ...

2年前

Seemingly Fatal Drawbacks of Pictorial Password – Shoulder Surfing & Low Entropy

Hitoshi Kokumai · We have been advocating Expanded Password System that accepts images as well as texts from 2001. We have since kept hearing our proposition blamed for two major ‘drawbacks’ of using images – Shoulder Surfing and Low Entropy. So many people are still misguided to take it for grant ...

2年前

Threat of Biometrics to Security and Its Structure

Hitoshi Kokumai · Threats of biometrics to privacy, democracy and humanity are already taken up by quite a few people, but not many people are discussing the threat to security of biometrics and many of them are often carried away by the eye-catching ”known” incidents of spoofing and leakage. Few ...

2年前

Publication on EDPACS of Taylor & Francis

Hitoshi Kokumai · Taylor & Francis has published an article of mine on its EDPACS (EDP Audit, Control and Security Newsletter) at   https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07366981.2019.1663966 · Abstract: The text password, which is a section of the secret credentials, is known to be too har ...

2年前

What would it be like if 'Entrenched Interests' or 'Sunk Costs' are placed above 'Logic'?

Hitoshi Kokumai ·   · We would be watching a ‘better’ security being achieved by removal of passwords and the passwords being killed by biometrics that is dependent on passwords or being displaced by PIN that is no more than a weak form of numbers-only password as described here  · https://www.beb ...

2年前

Biometrics as a Threat to Security, Privacy, Convenience and Economy

Hitoshi Kokumai · Biometrics as a threat to security examined here · https://www.bebee.com/producer/@hitoshi-kokumai/early-models-of-smartphones-were-safer-than-newer-models-how-come · Biometrics as a threat to privacy reported here · https://www.cnet.com/news/eu-reportedly-wants-strict-limits-f ...

2年前

No Space Left for Expanded Password System?

Hitoshi Kokumai · As discussed earlier, we have to watch a ‘better’ security being achieved by removal of passwords and the passwords being killed by biometrics that is dependent on passwords or being displaced by PIN that is no more than a weak form of numbers-only password. This phenomenon is re ...

2年前

Digital Lemming’s Congested Competition for Bestseller Snakeoil

Hitoshi Kokumai ·                                                Allegorical Image · 'Too many players' does not mean 'too many competitions'. · Assume that you have noticed there is a huge cluster of lemmings loud-voiced and trendily dressed-up. From within, it looks like the lemmings in the clu ...

2年前

What Our Episodic Memory Brings for Identity Assurance

Hitoshi Kokumai ·   · Abstract ·  Three big myths are rampant in the sphere of digital identity. These are ‘Higher security achieved by removal of password’, ‘Passwords killed by the biometrics that is dependent on passwords' and ‘Passwords displaced by PIN that is no more than a weak form of numb ...

2年前

Help Us Avert Erosion of Security and Democracy

Hitoshi Kokumai · ‘Higher security achieved by removing passwords’ and ‘killing passwords by password-dependent biometrics and numbers-only passwords’ are just false. · Those fallacies were generated, very regrettably, by reputed global big names in digital identity, presumably in hot pursuit of ...

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