Imagine a whole new type of password based on face recognition - a password that dispenses with numbers, letters and symbols while keeping attackers out.
The hotel room keycard may become as obsolete as the brass room key it replaced. Door lock vendors have developed the technology to let smartphones function as keys, and the hotel industry is beginning to try it out.
Biometrics look like the future of authentication for payments, according to payment experts at the Biometrics Institute Asia Pacific Conference in Sydney.
Many security-conscious banks and e-commerce providers offer clients the option to use two-factor authentication, which combines something you have, some sort of personal digital security device, with something you know, your password, every time you login. This is the safest way to bank online, because even if someone can steal your username and password, say by phishing or a keyboard logger spyware program, they cannot access your online accounts without the security device.