Making the case for smart cards for the average user
2014-667rhzu3dc-lists-groups at riseup.net
Sat Mar 14 13:53:55 CET 2015
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<mid:CAAocvpv5ChY9NKpkz0utkiyuNQay2n=DpPWcP1z7A0CoVf631A at mail.gmail.com>,
Joey Castillo wrote:
> Unlocking a card
> with a PIN is a metaphor that people already know and
> use with bank cards.
Yes, and a sizeable minority have problems with this method of using
> Choosing and memorizing a strong
> passphrase, by comparison, is something the average
> user is likely to have trouble with.
This trouble goes away for the "average user" who uses a password
> Moreover, we're a multi-screen environment now; people
> expect to have access to their stuff across devices.
> With a smart card they can keep their secret keys in
> one place, as opposed to creating multiple points of
> potential compromise.
It there not still potential compromise each time you use it, such as
the possibility of malware substituting the message?
> Plus by integrating NFC
> technology, we open up the potential for use on
> smartphones and tablets, which is where most people's
> computing is moving anyway.
How secure is the NFC communication? Could a situation be contrived
where the person next to you in a crowd managed to get you to sign a
message on their device instead of your own?
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