Implementing YubiKey for strong authentication of users in REALbasic
Issue: 7.5 (July/August 2009)
Author: Mattias Sandstrom
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RBD Number: 7510
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Looking up authentication in Cassell's Concise English Dictionary I find the definition "to establish the truth or credibility of". Being a programmer or computer user, the idea that pops up is a username (often your email-address) in combination with an arbitrary complex password (an average password is claimed to be 6.8 characters long, often the name of a pet or the license plate of your first car). Being somewhat security conscious (or paranoid as some could say), a password for me is something much stronger - Cassell defines it as "a word by which to distinguish friends from strangers". Personally, I don't see how qwerty123 or passw0rd would fit those shoes. Anyway this is what we live with and have become accustomed to. Interviewing a couple of friends in a semi-scientific manner I find out that they use exactly three different passwords for their digital life; one weak and one strong, and finally one "in the middle". The criteria to define which online service needs which password is somewhat sketchy and there are several friends using some sort of password database software. Over the years we have learned to accept username and password as a daily thing in our digital life.
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