According to the European PUFFIN project, uniquely identifiable computer hardware, such as graphic cards, could be used for online user authentication applications (Photo: Shutterstock)
The anonymity of the internet is both a blessing and a curse. Not only does it make it easy to pretend you’re someone else and live out a harmless fantasy online, it also makes it relatively easy for someone else to pretend they’re you and run up a hefty credit card bill or the like with nothing but a few key pieces of personally identifiable information. European researchers propose a more secure form of online user authentication that uses common computer hardware to identify specific users.
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