An HP Labs study explores how we experience authentication in everyday life

mary.gifAuthentication events are so woven into our lives that we often take them for granted. They’re the times we open a house or a car with a key, when we use a pin number to access a phone or an ATM, when we log in online.

 

Some of these events – especially those involving computers – have been fairly well scrutinized over the last decade, says HP Immersive Experiences Lab researcher Mary Baker.

 

“We have a lot of work now about passwords and codes, especially about how to make them stronger,” Baker notes. “But what about the overall burden that authentication places on our lives? Is that something that bothers people? And if it is, what can we do about it?”