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Inside Windows® Server 2003 by William Boswell

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Deploying Smart Cards for Remote Access

Passwords of one form or another have been used for computer-based authentication for over a half a century. The day is coming quickly, though, when password-based authentication will seem as antiquated as crank-starting an automobile or having a television without a remote control. Oh, passwords will never go away completely, but they are fundamentally insecure, and that makes them increasingly dangerous as the computing climate changes.

The most obvious challenger to passwords is biometrics. The problem with biometric logons is deciding what characteristics to use for user recognition and how to analyze those characteristics quickly and with as little error as possible using technology that is relatively ...

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