|Logon to a PC or a Network
Fx2100-basic , Fx3100
|Logon to a single PC or a network by using fingerprints instead of clumsy and unsafe passwords. For a discussion on the advantages of using biometric techniques instead of passwords or badges please refer to Biometrics vs Passwords.
|Password Bank (Single Sign-On)
Fx3100, Fx3100 SC, Fx2100-basic SC
|Nowadays, every computer user must remember not only the logon password, but several other passwords that are necessary to access different kinds of network resources (private areas on web sites, databases, protected applications, etc.). Single Sign-On (biometric) allows to store all these passwords in a safe area (sometimes called “bank of passwords”); when a web site, for instance, require to insert a password, the system recognize the user’s profile and require a biometric authentication: once the user identity has been verified, the system automatically provides the right password to the application or web-site.
Fx2100-basic SC is another valid solution for Single Sign-On applications; even in this case, the user carries his/her passwords stored on a smart card, biometrically protected.
|Remote Authentication on Internet
FxISO SDK , Fx2100-basic SC
boom of the World Wide Web has intensified the interest in the
electronic commerce and, in general, in those applications that
allow remote access to resources of every kind. Even if it offers
great opportunities, its dangers must not be underestimated. This is
a sector where there is a strong need for security; often it is
necessary to verify the identity of a user on Internet when he/she
is connected to a web site offering some kind of service. Passwords
are not a safe solution as they can be stolen or shared among more
users. Biometrics is a natural solution to remote authentication.
Among the applications which nowadays can greatly benefit from such
technology, we remark:
|Digital signature (biometrically enabled)
Fx3100 , Fx2100-basic SC
|Recently, many countries have introduced laws which confer to digital signature legal value; therefore, we will assist to the spreading of many new applications, changing the way several common tasks are today performed (think for instance to the possibility of registering minutes, trial records, expert's reports, balances or signing contracts simply remaining seated in front of a PC). In practice, the digital certificates necessary for digital signature are released, by Certification Authorities, inside Smart Cards. Therefore, digitally signing a document requires possessing a Smart Card and the knowledge of the password which usually protects the certificate stored inside the card itself. Undoubtedly, these two elements are not enough to assess that who is digitally signing a document is actually the authorized individual; in fact, the Smart Card and the password can be stolen or simply lent. Using biometrics (for example fingerprint recognition) to enable the certificate stored in the card is the only secure way to verify the user identity.
The Fx2100-basic SC scanner, that is equipped with an internal PC/SC smart card reader, can be also used for digital signature applications.
|Protect and secure the exchange of documents
|This application consists in storing documents in a protected archive and preventing, by using fingerprint recognition, any illicit access. This kind of protection is particularly useful when the document has to be extracted from the PC and stored elsewhere (i.e. on a CD-ROM or a Diskette) or has to be sent by e-mail over an unsecured net like Internet. In fact, whilst a secure Logon to Windows allows the files on the PC to be protected, the files are exposed to unauthorized access when they leave the PC.