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PC giant Lenovo pledges solution for weak passwords

PC maker Lenovo and Nok Nok Labs, a developer of online authentication systems, have joined forces to solve ongoing problems created by users’ reliance on weak passwords. 

The companies plan to deliver a solution to market in early 2014 that meets, “the dual demands for ease of use and increased security” and adheres to standards being developed by the Fast Identity Online or FIDO Alliance, an industry consortium created in February. 

FIDO, whose motto is, “simpler, stronger authentication,” is working on an open standard that addresses “the lack of interoperability of existing authentication solutions and the problems users face with multiple usernames and passwords.”

The standard would enable websites and cloud applications to link to a variety of existing and future FIDO-enabled devices and technologies.

Nok Nok Labs’ client and server software taps existing security on a user’s device, such as a built-in fingerprint sensor, camera or Trusted Platform Module (TPM), to provide authentication to any application. 

Nok Nok said that unlike other “siloed” authentication systems, its technology supports a range of authentications from a single, unified platform.

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Paul McCloskey is senior editor of GCN. A former editor-in-chief of both GCN and FCW, McCloskey was part of Federal Computer Week's founding editorial staff.

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