Thursday, 22 November 2007

Social Networking and Two-Factor Authentication

There is a new social networking site out there (surprise, surprise). It’s called Anne’s Diary and it is specifically for girls between the age of 6 and 14. What makes this social networking site different is that it utilizes biometric technology to ensure the safety of its younger users from pedophiles and hackers. Although this site utilizes one-time passwords to activate accounts, it does not make use of them past that.

It intrigues me to see how the security of social networking will pan out in the near future. As relationships continue to become extended from real life to online, the chances of significant others, friends, family etc. wanting to hack into someone’s social networking account increase immensely. This is why the use of 2FA should be mandatory in the future of social networking. I am not saying biometrics is a weak authentication method but rather it is too hard to roll out on a mass scale. 2FA on the other hand, is not.

As Web 2.0 continues to evolve, 2FA (not biometrics) is the easiest and most secure method to protecting users in the social networking age.


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