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authentication

Biometrics
The use of a personal feature—e.g., face, hand, fingerprint, signature, voice, iris, or other highly specific indicator—to verify a person’s identity, and restrict access to private information to authorised persons.

Informatics
Confirmation of a user's identity, generally through a user name and password.

authentication

Biometrics The use of a personal feature, eg, face, hand, fingerprint, signature, voice, iris, or other highly specific indicator to verify a person's identity, and restrict access to information to authorized persons; confirmation of a user's identity, generally through user name and password or biometric characteristics. See Biometrics. Cf Authorization.

au·then·ti·ca·tion

(aw-thenti-kāshŭn)
Protocol to confirm the identify someone logged onto a computer.

authentication

(o-then″ti-kā′shŏn)
In an electronic health record or other computer system, a security mechanism (such as a digital signature) that provides for a unique means of identifying a system user.
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Microsoft is starting four open source projects that will help Web developers support information cards, the primary mechanism for representing user identities in the identity metasystem.
Windows CardSpace is an implementation of Microsoft's vision of an identity metasystem, which we have promoted as a model for identity interoperability," said Kim Cameron, architect for identity and access at Microsoft.
We believe the Information Card support will help improve the consumers' online experience by extending the security and convenience benefits of the Identity Metasystem to SignOn.
Kim Cameron, architect of Identity and Access for Microsoft, said: "The Identity Metasystem provides a model for identity interoperability across the industry.
With the recent general release of Windows Vista, we look forward to further customer adoption of the technology and support in our overall vision of an Identity Metasystem.