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Identity Verification

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Identity Verification is used to authenticate the user of a system - to show whether the person is who he or she claims to be. Passwords are commonly used but the computer can only check that the password is valid, not whether it is being entered by the authorised person. [

Biometrics makes use a biological characterstic that uniquely identifies the individual. Fingerprints and retinal images have been used for this.

Digital signatures can be used to show that a document has been signed and that the document has not been subsequently modified. This can be done using a real hand written signature, captured using an electronic touch tablet, or by using an encryption key known only by the sender.

Digital certificates can also be used to identify the sender of data or a message.</td></tr><tr><td align=center colspan=3><hr noshade size=1></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td align=center><p> </p><a href=/compinfo/reginterest.nsf/GenInterestWeb?OpenForm><img border=0 src=/images/compinfo/inform.gif alt="Keep me informed"></a>

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