Yes, We Take Off Once Again
Hello out there, sorry about the long delays in the usual blog posts. I took a few days off for the Thanksgiving break (which I am glad I did), and life has just been utterly busy since then, with work, and some other pending writing projects I have in the pipeline for the early part of 2013. I think I will bring you exciting news, but don’t want to say anything until all is confirmed. In other words, I just don’t want to jinx myself.
Anyways, now that turkey day is over, all eyes are now on the upcoming holiday season, and especially what the shopping trends will be like. I really can’t say for sure how it will be like, of course a lot depends upon the job market at the time, and how much employers are willing to give in terms of bonuses. If I get anything, I know I will be saving my chunk of change. But, one of the most popular items during the x-mas shopping spree will of course be electronics related items, especially of the likes of smartphones, gaming devices, netbooks, etc.
And of course, a prime selling feature of these tools will be the increased security features each device has, and how its functionality can be used in the proverbial “cloud”. And to no stranger to these two items is Biometrics, of course. So today, I bring you news of a vendor known as “AllWeb Technologies” who has just announced a cloud based, security solution. The goop: “AllWeb Technologies recently announced the first cloud-based 2-step identity verification and password system for home users. This new system, called AllWebID verifies a user’s identity with either their fingerprint or cell phone . . . AllWebID is compatible with Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers, and stores passwords in secure cloud vaults, unique to each user. Users can access their AllWebID passwords on any Windows computer, and can verify their identity through a two-step process using either a fingerprint scanner attached to a computer or a unique text message sent to a their cell phone.” (SOURCE: http://www.biometricupdate.com/201211/allweb-technologies-launches-cloud-based-password-manager-with-fingerprint-verification/).
I have to be honest, this truly a unique offering. Yea, in my day job, I write a lot of stuff on the cloud, but nothing like this. Hmm, having a central repository to store all of your passwords, and it can be easily accessed with a simple text to your smartphone, or better, yet, even through Biometrics, with the use of fingerprint recognition. And better yet, you have a choice of using IE or Firefox (personally, if it were me I would be using Firefox, it has more robust browsing security features on it then IE).
Now, talking about this, here is one gigantic risk the ISP’s will be taking with this. True, I am sure all things will be done to ensure the security of these passwords, but what if it is hacked or broken into? Remember, there is no such thing as a 100% secure system, so if all these passwords are tapped into, there is a chance an apocalypse can happen here, much in the case of how credit card numbers have been stolen en masse from the various credit reporting agencies, in the past (can’t remember exact times or specifics, but it did happen).
And, there could be grave legal issues as well. Remember with the cloud, it is an amorphous being. There are tons of people using it, with all sorts of accounts, information, and data which reside upon it. In the legal world, there has to be a clear separation of these passwords and other types of information/data, even though they may be stored technically, on different servers and partitions.
But despite these risks (and of course, others which I have not mentioned), the cloud can actually be a great selling tool for these retailers, as an add on for all of these electronic devices. By itself, the cloud is not too much of an exciting sell, but it is a huge buzzword, and has done great in the sales and marketing world. So, TO THE CLOUD!!!